Bedrooms are for sleep and sex. Nothing else.
Contrary to what their name might imply, bedrooms have become much more than a room with a bed in them. Understandably, one would assume that a room containing a bed would be used for the activities that require (or at least benefit from) the use of a bed. Those activities, of course, being sleep and sex.
Now, bedrooms have also begun to double as:
Which makes complete sense. Beds are comfortable, they're nice to kick back on, so why not sprawl out on the mattress and flick on the telly, scroll through Facebook or leaf through a novel?
The answer is this: it ruins your sleep.
Our brains are funny things, and if we continue to do a certain activity in a certain place, they will begin to associate that activity with that location.
So while you're trying your best to shut your eyes and drift off to sleep, your brain is inside you head thinking "What on earth are you doing? Don't you know this is the TV room? We're supposed to be wide awake and pumped full of adrenaline watching the latest Scandinavian crime drama!"
And try as you might, that voice from your brain is mighty hard to quiet. The only real way to get rid of it, is to retrain what it associates the bedroom with. That means only getting into bed for an intimate moment or two, or when you're tired enough to need some sleep.
If you're lucky enough to have more than one room in your house, and the time to engage in activities like book-reading or movie-watching, then use those other rooms for those activities. We call it a lounge room for a reason.
However, if you are someone who has real trouble sleeping and knows your lack of rest is bringing down your quality of life, then it's probably time to talk to a professional. Please, get in touch with us by filling out our contact form. We'd love to help.
This article is from Keystone Medical Media, a sub-entity of Keystone Content.