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I read a while back that you should only use your bed for sleeping, that means no video games and no TV while in bed. In return you apparently get better, more valuable sleep.

Is this true?

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This mental stimulus seems negligible to factors that have a much greater effect on sleep : health, exercise, comfort, external stimuli, stress, caffeine, alcohol. – Gaʀʀʏ Jul 23 '12 at 20:13
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It seems to be accepted that watching television or using the computer just before bed is bad for you - an example, another example

So from a health perspective, the recommendation there is that you don't have a TV on in the bedroom before you go to sleep.

Bed should be a place of rest (or passion) but not for shooting aliens or racing cars or watching the news...

Personally I would always have the computer and TV in separate rooms to my bed - but that's mostly so I won't disturb my wife if I'm gaming :-)

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I think this is a very personal thing. I don't read or watch TV in bed. I prefer to get in bed, go to sleep...wake up and get out of bed. I used to read to read and watch TV in bed when younger!

I have found that I tend to go to sleep quicker now as the mental associations have been made that bed is for sleep.

What do you do at the moment?

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I currently watch TV and play on my PlayStation, as well as using my laptop, and I do have trouble getting to sleep. – Adam Jul 22 '12 at 11:40
I used to do that, except it was an XBox ;) Depending upon how much room you have get yourself an armchair and move the bed somewhere else. Let the armchair be the place to site and use your laptop or play on PS. It helps to separate things out so that the bed becomes only the sleep place. It can take a few days for your mind and body to adjust but you'll get there! :) – Bhav Jul 22 '12 at 15:09

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