Tips for Watching TV From the Bed

Tips for Watching TV From the Bed

Anthony Nguyen
Jul 12, 2010

We'll be honest here - watching TV from the bed probably isn't the best idea in the world when it comes to ergonomics. "But it's sooooo comfortable!" you say. Yes, we understand. If you're gonna put your back/susceptibility of insomnia to the test, here are a few things to think about...

TV FROM BED WATCHING CONSIDERATIONS:

  1. Provide plenty of pillows. Not only is a good viewing angle helpful for your eyes in the long run, but giving your back the proper support for upright viewing will alleviate problems in the long run.
  2. Stop watching at a decent hour. Like computer screens, looking at bright stuff at night screws up your internal clock and makes your body think it's day time - all day. It's best to unplug at least an hour before sleep.
  3. Keep tech quiet during the night. If you're going to keep the TV on at night, there's nothing more wasteful than keeping a TV on all night just for company or as an extreme version of a night lamp. If the TV has sleep mode (and we're quite sure most do these days), make sure you use it! We've even provided a helpful guide for you.
  4. Consider the amount of consumption. TV's very much like food. If you have it out, you'll consume more of it. If you want to spend more time outside, perhaps hiding the TV behind a cabinet may be a good idea.
  5. Consider aesthetics. Only recently have TV's started to become thin enough to be housed on a wall to resemble a picture frame. Most of the TVs in homes these days are definitely not the case (including ours). While it may be nice to be able to watch Bluray movies in bed, one should consider all the other days of the week when the TV will just be sitting there. Perhaps it would be more suited for another room altogether?

What do you guys think? If you're going to watch TV from bed anyway, should there be some extra steps taken to prevent over-consumption?

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