Switch on, drift off

This week at Millbrook Beds we’ve been inspired by World Television Day (21st November) to think about our increasingly intimate relationship with our TVs and, naturally from our perspective, the effect this relationship has on our sleep.

If your favourite way to fall asleep consists of drifting off to the sounds and flicker of the TV in your bedroom, you’re in good company. There are no shortage of articles and studies that cite an ever increasing proportion of the population that regularly fall asleep at night in front of the TV.

We’ve all done it. By the time the day’s work is done, the evenings can feel short and our eyes heavy as we fight off sleep to luxuriate those few minutes longer in a little mindless TV ‘me time’. Eventually of course the battle is lost and we fall asleep, but it’s interesting to consider whether this nightly battle loss is incurring far bigger losses over time when it comes to the quality of our sleep.

You don’t need to be a sleep expert to know that excessive screen time and positive sleep aren’t good bedfellows. Ultimately, if our goal is quality sleep, we have to employ a quality sleep routine. Falling asleep in front of the TV night after night is anything but a positive bedtime routine. Going to sleep to the TV is a habit that our bodies and brain can quickly become reliant on which isn’t good but, not only that, inevitably at some point during the night our sleep will then be disturbed to switch the telly off which can also serve to disrupt the natural sequence of our sleep phases.

This World TV Day, no matter how intimate your relationship with your TV, still take the time to say goodnight and switch it off.