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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Watch TV Before Bed

Updated: Jun 19, 2019


It’s Sunday night. You’re curled up on the couch watching the third (or seventh…) episode of the TV series you’re currently obsessed with, repeating the mantra of “Just one more” until your eyelids are slowly pulled downward, your vision blurs, your head sags… You jolt awake, haul your body to the bedroom, and crash for the evening. Sounds familiar? Probably. After all, watching TV before bed is as American as an apple pie: 95 percent of us report watching something on a screen in the hour before bed, and for more than 60 percent of us, that screen is a television. And why not? It’s our most beloved way to wind down, practically default at this point, and why should we change? Perhaps because 60 percent of us also report some kind of sleeping problem every night. Be it waking intermittently, waking too early, or feeling unrefreshed in the morning. Our treasured TV habit might be why.

Watching TV before bed disrupts your hormones.

Our bodies aren’t used to this. A hundred years ago, nobody was gazing at screens for any amount of time during the day. The second half of the 20th century saw artificial light sources quadruple as our sleep quality dipped. The reason might be hormonal: Sitting ourselves in front of sc