Science Explains: Why Sleeping With The TV On Is A Bad Idea?
If you are one of those people who every time when they cannot fall asleep turn the TV on, so that they would have something that will help them fall asleep, and this has grew into habit, then you have a problem – now you cannot even imagine sleeping without the TV or the computer. Science explains why this is not a good idea and how it does harm to your health.
According to Diana Pilkinton, sleeping with the TV on can lead to depression. Her reference is Dr. Gay Medows, who explains that the light coming from the TV screen or the computer monitor is bad for your health.
“People are supposed to sleep in darkness. When the sun comes out and the light shows off, the light receptors in the retina tell us it is time to stand up by stopping the release of melatonin – a hormone that makes us sleepy” – Dr. Gay Medows says.
This means that when you sleep with the TV on you deprive yourself from a deep sleep, because the light from the screen disorganizes this system of body functioning. This results in lack of enough sleep and bad mood and nervousness during the next day.
A neurological research has shown that sleeping in a room with dimmed light, contrary to sleeping in a room that is completely dark, changes the mood at long terms and increases the chances of depression occurrence.
If you cannot break the habit of sleeping with the TV or the computer on, make a compromise: choose the “sleep” option on the TV and program the TV to turn off automatically after a period of time, so that the screen does not emit light the whole night. When it comes to computers, there is also a way (more than one way) to make it turn off after you are done watching what you have watched.