Is Falling Asleep with TV on Actually a Good Idea? The Experts Weigh In

February 29, 2024 11:50 am in by

Do you struggle to quiet your mind before bedtime? Watching TV might actually help. Sleep experts and psychologists agree that TV can calm and distract the mind, potentially overriding anxiety that disrupts sleep.

Our body has a natural drive for sleep, similar to hunger. However, anxiety or stress can interfere with this drive, making it difficult to fall asleep. Watching TV can provide a mental distraction from anxious thoughts, but be cautious not to get too engrossed in the content. For example, watching a light-hearted sitcom you’ve seen before might be more beneficial than keeping up with the heavy stuff like the news.

Experts suggest sleeping in front of the TV might be beneficial for some people
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Clinical expert Nicole Carmona explained to Yahoolife that being mindful of emotional or scary content before bed. Interestingly, watching TV is better than using a phone because TVs emit less blue light, which can disrupt melatonin production and impact sleep quality.

To optimise your sleep environment, consider putting your TV on a timer to reduce blue light exposure over the course of the night. Prioritise quality sleep by making informed choices about your pre-sleep activities.

Ultimately, it’s all about finding a balance. So, grab your remote, cozy up, and enjoy your favourite show—just don’t forget to hit the off switch when it’s time to catch those Zzz’s.