If you’re someone who doesn’t have the best sleeping patterns, like me, then there are certain precautions you should take in order to get a good nights sleep. A common mistake most people make when they get into bed is turning on the TV. Watching TV in bed is a way of winding down after a busy/stressful day, but it is actually preventing you from having a well-rested sleep.
When your body is exposed to light, even from a TV, a signal is sent to your brain saying it’s time to wake up. On the other hand, when it’s dark, your body is signaled to go to sleep. With that in mind, watching TV before bed is actually keeping you awake instead of making you sleepy.
According to W. Christopher Winter, M.D., Men’s Health‘s sleep advisor, “The bright light of TV stimulates the brain, which can affect the secretion of melatonin, a hormone necessary for quality sleep.”
The content of what you’re watching on TV may also prevent you from falling asleep. “TV can also affect sleep quality if the content is particularly upsetting,” Dr. Winter said. So if you utterly insist on watching TV before bed, don’t make it a horror movie or television a show like Game of Thrones.
You should give yourself an hour of uninterrupted time before going to bed. To make sure you don’t watch TV or use a computer, cell phone, tablet, etc., give yourself an electronic curfew and stick to it.