Do or don’t? TV in the bedroom

For the longest time, Jim and I didn’t have a TV in our room. It started not on principle but because we simply only had one, and it was in the living room. Over time, as we moved, and with the invention of the iPad, we didn’t feel the need to buy another. Actually, thinking back, it was kind of nice to intentionally turn the TV off and walk down the hall or up the stairs to go to bed.

Moms have always said that TV will rot your brain. And who is always right, you guys? Come to find out, watching TV before bed can be chronic to your health. It’s the added light exposure that messes with your sleep cycle, and when you don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis – you and I both know – things start breaking down. Coffee doesn’t cut it anymore. Your eye starts twitching and you cry at dumb things. You find yourself taking a power nap in your car in the parking garage between conference calls. Sleep, and lack thereof, is serious biz.

From the statements above – it’s obvious – we eventually had kids, and shortly after, we bought a second TV. With only one parent home in the morning (Jim works East coast hours), having a TV in our room now makes it possible for me to distract the kids long enough to shower (sometimes) and get dressed and ready. Having a TV in our room enabled us to watch all seven seasons of The West Wing in record time. And coincidentally, having a TV in our room makes folding laundry a lot more fun (sort of).

But… I don’t know that I’ll keep a TV in our room forever. I like the idea of having a little sanctuary like those early years when all we had were flip phones and real alarm clocks.

How about you? Is there anything you are against having in your room, TV or otherwise? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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