Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Secret of Adulthood: If We’re Too Tired to Do Anything Except TV or Internet, Go to Sleep.

June 23rd, 2015

Episode 79 of 540 episodes

From Further Secrets of Adulthood: If we’re too tired to do anything except watch TV or cruise the internet, go to sleep. Agree, disagree? I have to admit, I struggle sometimes to remember this Secret of Adulthood. I don’t have trouble getting off the internet, but sometimes I watch TV because I feel too tired to read. I know, however, that when I’m too tired to read something new, I’m better off re-reading something I’ve read before — such as one of my favorite works of children’s literature. Because they’re familiar, I can enjoy the pleasure of reading, even when my brain feels fried. I’m a big fan of the pleasures of TV, but I enjoy TV most when it’s demanding. If I’m too tired to read, I’m probably also too tired to watch that kind of TV. I love shows like The Wire or Game of Thrones, for instance, but I can’t watch it when I feel exhausted. As a sleep zealot, I do try to get myself to go to sleep as soon as I feel sleepy. What do you think?

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