Does Watching TV Before Going to Bed Keep You Up

For most people, keeping the TV on right until bedtime can affect how well we fall asleep and how much restful sleep we get. If you find you are having a difficult time putting down the TV remote control, you are not alone.

We tell ourselves we are going to watch just one more episode, and then stop for the night. Next thing we know, it is 4 a.m., and we just finished watching ten episodes back to back. Aside from binge-watching keeping us up at night, another reason we can have problems falling asleep is due to the type of blue light our TV and device screens emit.

This blue light slows down the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. Rather, our bodies are tricked into believing it is still daytime. Have you ever been sleepy while watching TV, and then, the moment you shut it off, you are wide awake? This is caused by reduced melatonin levels.

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How to Get to Sleep Easier

One way to fall asleep easier is to shut off the TV and discontinue using ALL electronic devices at least one hour before bedtime. Doing so allows your mind and body to relax and melatonin levels to increase, which will make it easier to fall asleep.

To help you shut off the TV sooner, set the timer on your TV with your remote so it automatically turns off. During the hour or so before bed, read a paperback or hardcover book or engage your loved ones in conversation.

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