What to Do and Not to Do in Bed

If you're like me and you sleep terribly at night, it could be because you also associate your bed with negativity and things that will keep you up at night. Psychological studies have determined that there are certain things you shouldn't do in your bed in order to help you sleep better at night. The following are a few suggestions of things not to do in bed:

1. Watching TV on a Big Flat Screen
The bright lights and clear high definition will not help you go to sleep. You will be so mesmerized by all the flashiness and it will keep you up. If you're going to watch TV in bed, it is better to have a routine. Know what shows you're going to watch and when. This will help you to be able to turn off the TV once your programs are over and let you unwind so you can relax and sleep. 

2. It's Called a Bedroom, not a Workroom
Don't do your homework in bed. The more negativity you associate with your bed, the harder it will be to fall asleep. I'm guilty of laying in bed against all my pillows and watching a video and then writing an analysis of it. Late at night I will find myself thinking about that and wondering if I did a good enough job. Was I too casual about it? Should I have been sitting at a desk taking it more seriously? These negative thoughts will run through your head and keep you up even later at night. The less anxiety in the bedroom the better.

3. Don't Associate Your Bed With Anything Besides Sex and Sleep
If you pay bills in bed or grade papers in bed, you're going to create a lot of anxiety. If you keep your bed just for these two activities, you will have a greater connection with your bed. Remove things that will make you anxious. If having your backpack by your bedside makes you anxious for an exam you have tomorrow, move it. If seeing your jersey makes you worked up for your game tomorrow, get it out of sight. The less distractions to stress you out will make it much easier for you to sleep.



Wow, this was me during my freshman year here. When it came to doing my homework I always did it on my bed. I thought I was getting more stuff done when i was comfortable, but now that I think about it, I wasn't at all. I'll definitely have to keep this in mind when I do my homework, that way I can get a good night of sleep. Great post!!

It's really interesting that I read this today, because I was just telling my roommate this morning that I haven't slept properly for one night since we've been back at school. I'm not sure if it's because I keep my phone plugged in next to my bedside so I can text while I try to go to bed, or because I have the amount of stuffed animals as an 8 year old girl, but sleep has become a problem. I never really thought of keeping stuff by your bedside as becoming a problem, but now that I think about it I can see how it can be distracting and make you anxious during the night. Thanks for sharing this!

This is some really useful advice that I feel like most people are unaware of. The most pertinent is the last bit of information. I never realized that the things we do most in our bed create certain associations which can possibly negatively impact our sleep and create stress! Luckily I only use my bed for its intended uses, but I can definitely understand how it could affect you. I actually used to have a routine in highschool where I would watch the comedy central lineup from 10:30-11:30 every night, and have the TV on a sleep timer for an hour. It worked really well and probably had much less of an affect on my sleep than leaving the TV on all night.

That's so funny, I always do all my homework in my bed! I have been having trouble sleeping lately but had no idea that could have anything to do with it! I'm not usually a very stressed person when it comes to school work and that type of thing but you never know. I guess I'll have to try and do it at my desk more now! This was a great post. This article also says that using our phones before we go to bed can contribute to this problem as well.

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