TV Does THIS To Your Sleep (Why I Disagree With Experts)

Most sleep experts will tell you that the bedroom is not the place for a television. But according to sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus, a TV in the bedroom does not need to be forbidden. In fact, falling asleep to the television can have some real benefits.

Dr. Breus considers the TV "passive positive distraction," which means it can act is a source of white noise and help lull you to sleep. And some research actually shows that our brains tend to relax when we're comforted by a TV show or a voice that we find comfortable and soothing.

So in this video, learn about some of Dr. Breus's tips for having a TV in your bedroom, and how you can best accommodate a partner who DOESN'T want the TV on.

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0:00 Having a TV in the Bedroom
0:22 What the Experts Usually Say
1:08 Passive Positive Distraction
1:50 Psychological Comfort
2:29 Advice for Couples

😴 Michael Breus, Ph.D., is a double board-certified clinical psychologist and sleep expert. He's been in practice since 1999 and helped thousands of patients improve their sleep. Dr. Breus has written five books on sleep and conducted over 1,000 interviews to the press and public.

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  1. Good to hear this. TV is the way I get sleepy on most nights, without pills, without late-night snacks, in a quiet way.

    1. Tv is the bandaid to your problems there are probably healthier ways you can work on your sleep long term while you use the tv short term.
      Personally for me, I refuse to sleep in so I can be tired at night

  2. I find that when I start to ruminate in bed, having a ticking clock to shift my attention to really helps me relax. I also find on a cold night that having a hot water bottle in bed with me helps as well. I find both comforting. I usually like to have cool feet at night, but if my feet feel too cold, I put the hot water bottle under or beside my feet for a little while, and I doze off easily!

  3. i have a stressful job that requires me to work on a shift pattern around the clock. i put silly sitcoms on my iphone with the “night shift” feature on before bed and i fall asleep within 10 minutes like a baby 😂

  4. I can fall asleep, no problem. When the 3 AM gremlins show up though…one earphone, my iPhone and old Dynasty reruns on the Pluto app and I’m back out in 15 minutes 😁

  5. Love the acknowledgment of all the concerns associated with tv. However also agree that for patients who have trialed everything else and need the background noise, the tv might actually not be the worst option with parameters in place!

  6. I have to say, back in the day…before Ambien, Trazadol, or Benadryl and a glass of wine…there was the original “Dune”- sound turned way down, timer set on the TV and VCR, blue light flickering through my eye lids…sleep was almost instataneous!

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