Why Is Watching T.V. in Bed a Bad Idea?

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What about watching TV in bed? It can't be all bad, right? It helps you sleep. Very common question. And unfortunately, the average American watches about five hours of TV a day, or children probably a bit more than that if you throw in the devices and the videos they watch on YouTube, it's a huge amount of time. Don't bring it to bed.

You don't need a TV in the bedroom and you shouldn't watch TV in bed for a couple reasons. The stimulation of TV the stressful programs we watch for watching news or listening to dismal events, tragic world events, murder shows mystery violence, all these things really don't help us wind down at the end of the day. And even though it might be entertainment, it really doesn't help us de stress and the impact of stress is evident. Just look around and look inside. It's quite evident to see that this negatively impacts us on so many levels. I encourage you to take immediate fast before bed.

I know it's challenging to not watch the evening news. Jump into bed but just try it for a week and tell me what you think. The other thing that happens is that people often ruminate about what they've just watched or what they saw. And it really hampers the ability to get to sleep. The other thing is the blue light. I've talked about blue light before, but really blue light and electronic devices including the TV and the phone, disrupts melatonin production.

Melatonin is a hormone that's very critical in the onset of sleep. And once a light source is introduced after sleep, melatonin production is wiped out for the rest of the entire night. And so this definitely has a negative impact on sleep, lights also stimulating and also for people who are trying to use TV to help with sleep or insomnia problems. You know what I'm talking about when I refer to volume discrepancy you're watching a show and then a commercial Milan and the volume shoots up and whether or not it brings you fully awake, it is going to disrupt your sleep. So I strongly encourage you to get the TV out of the bedroom and try something different. Read, read something boring.

Try some meditation, some mindfulness, some spirituality. If you'd like to pray and take this to heart, the last five minutes of every single day are yours to do with what you want. envision a different future have a better state of health, a more relaxed current state of reality to help you get some sleep. Anything you want the last five minutes you can really set yourself up to have some amazing dreams or even lucid dreams. And I encourage you that it suggests to you that is much better than watching TV and trying to fall asleep utilizing a television

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