It may seem harmless at the beginning, but it actually is a pretty bad idea to watch TV before going for a walk in your ‘dreamland’. You watch your favorite show, tune in, relax, and as the climax of the show approaches, you zone out and nod off. Sounds familiar? Well, we bet that it does.
We can’t count the number of people complaining to have worsened sleeping habits as they started to watch TV before bed time. If you want to have a good night sleep and enjoy the night, it’s recommended to turn off the TV and nod off while thinking of something nice and positive.
Are you in the habit of watching your favorite show before going to bed? Well, one problem with bedtime TV watching is the temptation to stay awake and see what happens next. Who gets killed, or who gets cheated on, or whose dragon escaped. Another problem associated with watching violence, terrorism, depressing news and etc. may lead to anxiety and overthinking right before bed. Sleeping stressed leads to turning and kicking around the bed trying to kill off those bad thoughts in your mind. The solution here is to turn off the TV.
But what is actually the biggest problem with watching TV before bed?
The biggest problem is that the bright light that your TV screen emits may actually keep you up all night or delay your sleep for more than half an hour. In our own natural way, we are set according to the rise and fall of the sun. That means that, as the sun falls, our body is gradually increasing the level of melatonin in our bodies (hormone that gradually makes you sleepy) which is the signal to go to sleep. It continues to increase over the course of the night, helping you to fall asleep and stay asleep until morning (when the sun rises).
The actual real problem here is the artificial light that emits from your TV. With the rise of electricity we started to prolong the time of sleep with artificial lights that are similar to those of the sun. in other words, smartphones, tablets, lap-tops and TVs emit particular type of blue light that is capable of triggering the brain to stop making melatonin, hence we are doomed to stay awake a bit longer at night.
Even if your eyelids start to drop while you watch TV, you’re not immune. The blue light exposure can delay the onset of REM sleep and lead to morning drowsiness, which leads to drowsy, fatigue mornings.
The best way to deal with this is to act as if you do not own a TV. Chat with your partner or read a good book and increase your imagination.