TV in the Bedroom – Yay or Nay?

Lately, I’ve seen that this can be a pretty controversial topic.  And honestly, I’ve gone back and forth several times.


In theory, I would choose not to have a TV in the bedroom.  I always have had one until our most recent move, and I’ve learned to really love being able to unwind with a magazine or my iPad in bed before turning out the light.

But here’s my hang up.  I’m a scaredy cat!  I’ve lived by myself before and have never had a problem staying alone when Charles is out of town.  But it has proven impossible for me to just turn out the lights and go to sleep when I’m alone in the house.  I know it’s just in my head, but every little creak and moan sounds like footsteps or door-knocking.  (And you know that’s only going to get worse when we move into our 112-year-old house!)  Having the TV on, even on the lowest volume, just helps to drown that out.  Even though I know it’s a bad habit, I’ve never had trouble sleeping with the TV on when I’m alone.  Luckily Charles rarely has to travel for work, but it’s still something to think about.


I’ve read all of the articles, like this one, about why it’s a bad idea to have a TV in the bedroom, and I have to say–I agree.  But will I be able to get over my fear of strange noises when I’m alone?

(And before you say there’s ways to hide the TV…I’ve seen the options, and I really don’t want a big chunky piece of furniture in the room just for the sole purpose of hiding the TV!)

What’s your opinion?  Would you put a TV in the bedroom?


9 thoughts on “TV in the Bedroom – Yay or Nay?

  1. Put the netflix. iheartradie or pandora apps on your ipad and play either a movie or radio for background noise or get a noise machine that plays rain, surf, forest etc.

  2. We resisted and did not have a tv in our bedroom for years. About 5 years ago I gave in and we got one and mounted it in the corner. I like it. We only watch it if there is a show on late at night right before we go to bed and in the morning we turn it on and listen to the news while we get dressed. I guess it is just a personal preference but we have enjoyed it.

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  4. I lost in this battle and we don’t have a tv in the bedroom. Now that we dont have one, I love reading in bed. Just so you know, since we live down the street and our house is old and noisy, I feel you. When Robbie deploys, I try to remind myself that if something was wrong the dogs would be barking but I fall asleep watching Netflix on my iPad a lot.

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