Did you know that in addition to emitting "blue light," (which is a notable force in keeping bedtime away), television can also keep you from hearing your own thoughts? Relationship Nyiri Grigorian gives us the A to ZZZZ on TV and why you should reconsider its omnipresence in your bedroom.
There are many people who began using the TV as a transitional object at bedtime in childhood.
Yes, some watch TV now on their laptops or tablets but TV is TV; like chocolate it is soothing, rewarding and addictive.
For many it is a sleeping pill.
TV has traditionally helped people cope with the fears and anxiety that mount at bedtime.
It often begins in childhood particularly with a generation of children who had TVs in their bedrooms.
The TV would be on a low volume providing a bedtime story or lullaby soothing sleepless kids.
For those that used the TV to cope with nighttime fears and anxieties the TV was sometimes a secret, like tucking that old teddy bear under the pillow.
The effect of this coping behavior was to create a sense that all is safe and that you are not alone.
Some kids can’t do sleepovers because of this behavior and suffer in silence.
TV dependent sleep can extend into adulthood.
This habit is hard to break and can wreak havoc on relationships.
TV dependency may still be a secret in adulthood masked in a social guise, as “I need to chill and watch the news or catch up on my shows.”
Underneath all of this rationalization are dependency and the inability to self-soothe.
Why is it important then, to be able to fall asleep with your own thoughts?
Bedtime, with all of its anxiety, is still an important time to give to yourself as time alone to reconnect to who you are.
It may set you on a different path in the morning than just thinking about what happened on TV the night before.