And if you have been consuming pixels at all hours through your TV, phone, and tablet, the sun never sets on your eyes. As poetic as this might sound, it’s actually disrupting your sleep and destroying your brain. Watching screens prevents melatonin -- the hormonal harbinger of deep sleep -- from entering your tired brain. Sleep deprivation can lead to pretty much any health risk you can imagine, not to mention the fact that it turns you into an asshole. Maybe now’s a good time to hit pause before you’re terrorizing your coworkers tomorrow.
So what are you supposed to do, live in a world without TV? At the root of all of these studies lies a common theme: the dose makes the poison. Obviously TV is one of the great pleasures of modern life, and it’s not going anywhere. But there’s enough modern science to show that too much of it might be rotting your brain in more ways than one… maybe just hit “stop” instead of waiting for the auto-play to kick in.
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Nicholas Knock is a freelance writer for Thrillist who hasn’t watched Game of Thrones, so don’t spoil it for him. You can follow him on Twitter @nickaknock.