Wondering what to do at the end of your day? Do you find yourself just wanting to sit and vegetate? Makes sense, you work hard all day and spend all your saved up energy adulating. Why not just kick your feet up and let your brain go numb? You earned it, plus there is so much cool shit to watch, and so much old shit to re-watch, and so much weird shit to try and make yourself watch. So do it, enjoy yourself, and Veg. But don’t be surprised if you don’t sleep well.
“The bright light of TV stimulates the brain, which can affect the secretion of melatonin, a hormone necessary for quality sleep…” - W. Christopher Winter, M.D., Men's Health's sleep advisor.
Ever find yourself watching something really intense before bed. Maybe a scary movie, or a tense action flick-something that really has you on the edge of your seat (i.e. Picky Blinder or GOT). When you do that, and then go to bed, your brain is still stimulated with all the action. Your neurotransmitters aren’t satiated and they want more, so you either have trouble falling asleep, or you wake up before you can get into a deep sleep and are restless the duration of the night.
Turn off the tube, and spend that hour with a good book instead. Reading under a dim light won't disrupt your brain's melatonin production. Plus, studies have shown that overall memory improves if you learn right before falling asleep. (The worst Thing You Do Before Bed- Schultz, R September 18, 2013 MJ).
So maybe, once or twice a week, mix it up. Play a board game, break out your Ticket to Ride, or Clue games sets, bust out the C.A.H deck and tear your gut up laughing, or have your partner kick their feet up in your lap and read comic books, a graphic novel, or some sci fi smut, anything. Use that muscle between your head so it gets the right kind of work to make you tired. Besides, no one likes a crazy person who’s cranky too.
“The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.” – Marilyn Monroe
Hard Times Make Hard People. Live Uncommon.
- February 08, 2018
- Ben Seims