I know we have heard that there are many of reasons why sleeping in front of a Tv screen may not be the best way to get a good night's sleep. It's not all bad, some experts suggest there may even be some benefits to falling asleep while watching your favorite TV show.
For example, if you don't turn the Tv up too loud, the background noise may help put you fall asleep faster. "Think of your TV as a white noise machine" if you have done any research on ways to improve your sleep, you must have heard of white noise
White noise is like the sound of the wind blowing or rain falling, a mixture of many different sounds at different frequencies, all happening at the same time .Sometimes people use these sounds to help them sleep, to block out other sounds or to help them concentrate better on their work. If the volume on your TV is very low, it means that you can't hear the dialogue very well and this might help if you have trouble sleeping.
TV emits less blue light than other devices. In other words, if you choose between playing on your phone or watching a movie, it is better to choose the second option.
Exposure to blue light near bedtime can affect our circadian rhythms, it is a natural internal process of many living organisms. This process also helps our body adapt to the environment and the amount of light it is exposed to during the day,
too much blue light at night will trick the body into thinking that it is still bright and early, and maybe there are things to do, so your brain stays alert.
How if I can't sleep in silence and darkness?
If you are one of those people who has trouble sleeping in complete darkness and silencc, it might be worth re-watching some old movies, especially ones you have watched a lot in the past.
When we're having a bad day, we often turn to TV shows or movies that make us feel better and there's a real scientific reason for that. Now, a study has found that watching familiar stories can help us feel better and have better control over our emotions. If you need to sleep with the TV on, that's fine. But it's important to choose wisely.
Choose shows or movies that you know well and that are quiet, rather than action movies or news channels. You can also set a timer for to turn off the TV after you fall asleep, this will reduce the amount of blue light you get at night and lessen its detrimental impact on the quality of your sleep.
How if I need to watch tv before i go to bed?
Let's say you've just discovered your penchant for lazing in front of the TV, which could be a sign of aging. Recent studies have shown that as we age, we tend to choose convenience over style or comfort. So, it's no wonder that at some people start falling asleep on their living room couch, it's more comfortable and doesn't involve a complicated bedtime routine, but it doesn't make it healthy.
Why does watching TV make you sleepy?
Many people say that when they watch TV before going to bed, they even fall asleep before the show or movie starts.
Doesn't that mean watching TV actually helps us sleep instead of making it harder? The answer is a little more complex
The reason why some people fall asleep as soon as they turn on the TV is because our brains make special waves called alpha waves when we watch something on a screen.
Your brain is always busy with electrical activity, this happens because cells in your brain called neurons talk to each other using electricity.
When some neurons send electrical signals to other neurons, we call them brain waves. Why waves? Because when scientists use a gut test called an electron cephalogram that shows the electrical activity in your brain, everything looks like waves.
I will take just 1 example of the main wave, alpha wave. These alpha waves are right in the middle of your brain, these waves are made when you are awake but not focused on anything in particular, this helps us relax and daydream while watching TV, this is mostly due to the images we see on the screen.
It is important not to get too often to watching TV before bed
If you always watch something before you go to bed, you run the risk of getting used to it and having a hard time falling asleep without it. Imagine, if you were in a place where you can't watch it, like during a power outage or while camping?
To avoid becoming too dependent on TV, you can gradually watch less and find other ways to relax before bed, such as reading or meditating. Having a variety of ways to help you fall asleep will make it easier for you to fall asleep wherever you are. Luckily, there are a few things you can try if you can't sleep without the TV.
Another way that does not produce blue light
You just have to try them out to see which one works best for you, but this can take some time. For example, some people have a personal sleep diary where they can write things that help them fall asleep
But if you really need background noise to help fall asleep, you can check out White Noise channel on YouTube . These channels usually feature calming sights accompanied by soothing sounds, such as singing of birds or gentle rain.
There are different ASMR channels for you to choose from, some even have sounds and scenes from popular TV shows or movies and you don't have to worry about getting too caught up in a story and not being able to sleep.
If you have a smart TV that can also play YouTube, you can turn off the TV screen and just listen to the sound.Your phone might also be useful, just not in the way you might expect if you want white therapy. There are several assistive applications that you can install on your smartphone, these applications have different sounds such as falling snow, thunder, or birds singing.
Some apps can shut down by themselves, so you can sleep without worrying about them draining your phone's battery all night. Be careful when choosing apps, as some can be be expensive and you may be charged for additional features. If possible, try a few apps with free sounds first to see if they suit your sleep needs. Here's a pretty retro alternative to the fun Tv sound
This can be a good way to help sleep by listening to different sounds, some people may like radio because it is relaxing, while others prefer classical music with online radio , you can listen to a lot of different things on different devices.
Try listening to different shows before going to bed and see how you feel, if the show is too interesting it might not be the best choice for sleeping. Try listening to the radio a few times to see if it works for you. Some radio stations have fewer commercials if you're willing to pay for them.
Fans are also considered a background sound that helps and makes it easier for many people to fall asleep. Yeah I know, some people prefer silence when they sleep
but others find it helpful to have a low ceiling fan to block out other sounds such as people moving around at night or neighbors turning on their car at night. Using a fan can also help keep the room cool for a good night's sleep, the temperature in the bedroom should be around 18°
Some people may like it a little warmer or cooler but most doctors say that 15° to 19° is a good range for a comfortable sleep. If your home doesn't have air conditioning, a fan can also be a useful tool for temperature control.