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By this point, we’re all familiar with the prevailing conventional wisdom that screens before bed are bad for us; it is one of the great sources of societal guilt, since we nevertheless still all use our devices before bed. However, on further exploration of that notion, we’ve learned that things aren’t so cut-and-dried — there are a variety of perspectives on devices before bed, including the straightforward idea that if using a screen before bed relaxes you, well, that certainly helps with the quality of your sleep.
With that in mind, we’ve created a set of entertainment recommendations that align with what we’ve learned from sleep scientists: Anything you watch before bed should be “low-challenge shows” — nothing too dynamic, or too scary, or too engrossing, lest you become invested and delay your bedtime. You want to avoid “agitation,” so no social media, or porn, or anything that would otherwise contribute to “performance anxiety,” in the words of sleep doctor Dr. Janet Kennedy, and nothing with lots of characters or intricate plots to follow. Media that doesn’t contain a clean endpoint (think: anything highly serialized, plus basically all social media) is bad. We made three lists (for TV shows, movies,…
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