Surf Books Instead of Channels This Week
- Each day this week, you’ll replace habitual television, movie, and digital media time with reading.
- Instead of flipping on the TV, your laptop, or your phone in the evening, grab a book, find a comfortable chair, and read for at least a half hour.
- Be sure not to turn on your devices afterward — we’re looking for uninterrupted calm before bedtime.
Why Is this Practice Important?
On average, we spend dozens of hours watching television each week. While this can help with relaxation and ritual, it also has potential negative effects — exposure to sleep-robbing blue light chief among them.
By replacing television with reading, you’ll likely fall asleep more quickly and you’ll get the added benefit of engaging in active (rather than passive) entertainment. If this habit is new for you, you’ll also reap the cognitive benefits of regular reading.
Best of all, you’ll end your days calm and relaxed, unstimulated by action, drama, or the noise that comes with digital media. It’s a combination of benefits that will leave you better rested, smarter, and feeling great.