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This Hack Can Help You Sleep Better at Night

Get the deep slumber you need with this quick trick

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We have to admit, there are days when we watch TV until we fall asleep. Many of us wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, and still don't turn it off, even though we know we'd be going back to dreamland in a snap. Personally, I've rationalized this habit by convincing myself that I need the TV to overpower everything that's going on in my head, as if it can block out all the things I worry about right before calling it a day.


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Surprise, surprise, it doesn't.

The artificial light emanating from the TV screen messes with the quality of sleep. That's why, even though you've clocked in seven to eight hours, you might not feel as well-rested as you should. According to sleep coach Chris Brantner, the light that comes from the TV hinders melatonin (the hormone that controls our sleep) production in the brain. On top of that, if you're watching TV in the dark, the pupils dilate, which exposes our eyes to harsh light.

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It's the same reason why, if you want to mentally and physically rest, you shouldn't be scrolling through social media—minutes before you have to sleep, with your phone so close to your face. To actually feel the benefits of a full sleep cycle, try meditation, yoga, or a white noise machine (if you absolutely need something in the background).

Source: Elite Daily

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Realliving.com.ph editors.

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