Are You Falling Asleep With the TV On?

Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – The Director’s Cut

Usually, we fall asleep watching something on TV. A tradition of sorts, we’ve been doing this for 30+ years now.

It’s usually an episode of a TV series (60%), but sometimes a movie (maybe 40% of the time). What we were watching wasn’t necessarily bad or boring, just that it was time to go to sleep. We both get up early for our jobs. Our bodies know what time we need to go to sleep and it doesn’t really matter what’s streaming.

According to, this isn’t a very healthy practice for regulating sleep cycles.

Falling asleep with your TV on means you’re also soaking in blue light from electronics. This can mess with the quality of your sleep by suppressing production of melatonin (the hormone that keeps your sleep/wake cycle in check), and it can delay sleep onset (the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep), says Dr. Jain.

What Falling Asleep With the TV On Is Really Doing to Your Health |

Neither of us currently have any sleeping-related issues, so maybe this doesn’t negatively effect everybody. Am certainly not recommending this activity and really we should program our TV to auto sleep after X amount of inactivity (120 minutes would not be too annoying).

Do you do this regularly? Or do you read or some other activity before bed?

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