For the curious, healthism is actually a word, not some catchy phrase we've made up (even though it may have started that way...!). However, the topic at hand is healthy habits, and healthy TV watching is very important here at Unplggd. So, if you're one of the gazillion people out there who've found a way to stick a TV into that place of sanctuary of yours (namely, your bedroom), here are a few facts that may encourage you to do otherwise...
According to a recent article by Science Daily, television watching right before bedtime can seriously lead to sleep debt. Like credit card debts, you need to pay them off before they build up. The same applies to sleep - or lack thereof when you're eyes are drooping over the 4th consecutive episode of Gilligan's Island.
As stated by doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School: "Watching television seemed to be the most important time cue for the beginning of the sleep period, rather than hours past sunset or other more biological factors. So, in fact, TV may make people stay up late, while alarm clocks make them get up early, potentially reducing sleep time below what is physiologically needed."
In other non-official studies, watching Megan Fox before bedtime is like taking three shots of espressos.