Reasons to get the TV out of your bedroom

Saturday September 12 2020
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Many studies ahow that watching television before bed actually disrupts sleep cycles. PHOTO/NET

The days when people used to converge in the living room to watch their favourite programme on one television set are seemingly ending. 
As families grow bigger, children and parents’ TV needs keep changing. Fights over a remote become common. 
While the child is dying to watch their favourite cartoon channel, the father,  on the other hand, cannot afford to miss a Premier League match. 
Meanwhile, the mother wants to catch an episode or two of the latest series. It gets more dramatic and consequently drives people into buying another TV set for their bedroom. This creates some peace at home. Doesn’t it? 
Don’t celebrate yet. Experts say there are many reasons why you need to get that television set out of your bedroom. Read on. 

Better sleep 
No one sets out to spend hours watching television. The temptation is too great, especially when we are tired. Many studies indicate that watching television before bed actually disrupts sleep cycles. Removing the television from your bedroom results in more sleep and better sleep. This means you will have a better rested, more productive day.

Meditation
The evening provides a valuable opportunity to meditate, evaluate, and assess your day. Unfortunately, many people will sacrifice this opportunity for the sake of entertainment.
Also, allowing your television to guide your morning thoughts takes that blank canvas and begins painting. Be wise to choose carefully who/what directs your morning thoughts rather than blindly allowing television producers to do it for us. 

Rooms serve purposes
 Kitchens are for cooking. Dining rooms are for eating. Toy rooms are for playing. Offices are for working. Rooms serve purposes. The better we define those rooms and their purposes, the more productive they become. Use your bedroom for sleep and take work materials, computers, and televisions out of the sleeping environment.

More conversation
As a married couple, some of your most important, intimate conversations will take place in your bedroom during the waning hours of the day. On average, couples spend more hours working and taking care of their children; which is why a bedroom should be a safe haven for resting and having deep conversations about anything, be it finances, children, investment or just to resolve issues.   

Realistic expectations
In almost all regards, television rarely depicts the world and life accurately. As a result, too much television results in disillusionment about what to expect from the world around us. This can be most detrimental to our relationships when the unrealistic expectations are applied to our marriage, family, love, romance, and sexuality.

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More reading
Light reading in the evening helps many fall asleep faster. But even if it doesn’t help you sleep, the benefits of reading still far outweigh the benefits of television. Removing the television from your bedroom will almost always encourage more reading in your life.

Example for children 
Research shows that children with television sets in their bedrooms score low grades and are more likely to have sleep disorders. Also, having a television in the bedroom is strongly associated with being overweight. 

Your attention is far too valuable
There are very important people in your life who need your attention every single day. Removing the television from your bedroom will help you give it to the people who need it the most.
Unplugging the television will take less than three minutes. You’ve got nothing to lose. And maybe, just maybe, a whole lot to gain.

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