It might be the cardinal rule of good sleep hygiene: The bed is for sleep and sex only.
There’s still much we don’t know about the science of sleep, but experts are resoundingly supportive of these two s-words. (Some even have their own riffs on the adage, like this gem from Dr. M. Safwan Badr, M.D., president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine: “I say the bed is for two things that begin with the letter S, and struggling and suffering are not among them.”)
The idea has become so widely-spread that now even Lauren Conrad knows it to be true. She told Allure magazine that she’s trying to get over her habit of doing work from her bed, and wanted her bedroom to be very calm. “Your bed is for sleep and sex,” she said. Bingo!
Still, many of us are guilty of engaging in a whole host of other activities in the bedroom — and we don’t mean that in a “what you do behind closed doors is up to you” kind of way. Here are a few things you should never do in bed and why you’ll want to quit it.
Or check emails, double-tap on Instagram or stream on Netflix. These glowing devices in our lives send out blue wavelengths of light, which can tamper with the natural release of sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. You’re not alone in these habits — about 95 percent of people use some electronic device in the hours before bed, according to the 2011 Sleep in America poll from the National Sleep Foundation. Setting an electronic curfew, a time when you decide to put the devices to bed, can help you drift off more easily.
*Article originally published in the Huffington Post.