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Photo: tommaso79 (Shutterstock) There are two kinds of people in the world, and I’m the kind that cannot fall asleep if a TV is playing anywhere near me. Fortunately, I married someone who feels the same way. But plenty of folks love to fall asleep with the TV on—and some 60% of Americans watch it in the hour before bed , according to one 2011 survey. So how bad is it, really, to fall asleep to a flickering screen? Screens before bed can mean less sleep The two biggest problems with falling asleep in front of the TV apply to any kind of screen. Whether you’re scrolling news feeds or watching TikTok videos or puzzling over one of the unlimited-play Wordle variations until the wee hours, you’re just not going to end up sleeping as much. One reason relates to blue light and melatonin. Although the supposed dangers of blue light are overblown , any light in your eyeballs right before bed is not helping your body understand that it’s sleepytime. Our bodies naturally produce melatonin in response to darkness, so light exposure interferes with that process. Blue-blocking glasses, screen coatings, and night modes don’t really change that very much; a lit-up screen is still a lit-up screen. The other reason is simply that if your TV show is engrossing, your brain will be too busy paying attention to be able to relax and let you sleep. Anyone who has stayed up until 3 a.m. reading “just a few […]