How to Make Your Binge-Watching as Comfortable as Possible
Streaming giants Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have changed the media viewing habits of people around the world. According to a recent study by marketing research company J.D. Power, Canadian viewers spend an average of some four hours per binge-watching session. This is because people no longer wait an entire week to watch the next episode of their favourite TV show in their living room. Now, many prefer watching an entire season all at once on their laptops or tablets in the comfort of their own bedroom. This is not only convenient but also comfortable.
However, binge-watching in your bedroom can take a toll on your health if you are not prepared. Paying close attention to the conditions under which you watch is important. This can include your bed, mattress, pillows, lighting and the overall atmosphere of the room. Everything should be comfortable without compromising on your entertainment experience. Want to know how you can do it? Here are some tips to make your binge-watching sessions as comfortable as possible.
7 Useful Tips to Make Your Binge-Watching Sessions More Comfortable
1. Consider Your Posture
No doubt watching a Netflix series like Unbelievable is so engaging that you often don’t feel like moving. However, sitting still or lying in bed for prolonged periods can lead to back pain. That’s why you should consider your posture the next time you settle in to watch your favourite web series. Here are a few healthy postural habits.
- Avoid staying in one position for a long time.
- Cross your legs in an easy way to engage your back and hip muscles.
- Switch positions by alternating between sitting up and lying down. Even just lying down on the other side of the bed can be helpful.
- Give your back proper support when sitting upright.
- Get up every hour and stretch to avoid muscle soreness or stiffness.
2. Mind the Angle
A good viewing angle can be helpful for your eyes and neck. Make sure you position your laptop or tablet near the foot of the bed or in such a way that you don’t have to crouch or strain your neck to watch the screen.
3. Choose Organic Mattresses and Pillows
Using just any mattress can lead to bad posture which results in backaches as it fails to maintain the curve of your lower back. If you are binge-watching in bed, an organic mattress is best. It is a flexible yet stable option with a firm surface to support your back while you indulge in one episode after another. Your pillow should also be stiff yet flexible to bend and sustain any position to support your neck as you lie down to watch the screen. Buckwheat pillows adjust to conform to the shape of your shoulders, head and spine. They also maintain a perfect alignment for your body which in turn prevents back or neck pain. These organic pillows are breathable and do not trap much heat, thus making them a perfect choice for hot and humid bedrooms.
4. Consume Light Snacks
A comfortable binge watch is incomplete without snacks. To maximize your entertainment experience, assemble at least one salty, one sweet and one wild card snack before the session begins. After all, what is better than having both your favourite show and your favourite snack by your side? Some snacks to spice up your binge-watching experience are pizza with a lot of cheese, peanut butter straight from the jar, chocolate covered pretzels and your favourite popcorn.
5. Don’t Forget Beverages
Your ‘personal media room’ should have everything to make your binge watch as comfortable as possible. That means beverages, too, including water. Remember to stay hydrated for your ‘date’ with Netflix. If only washroom visits could be avoided.
6. Let There Be Light
Many people prefer total darkness when watching their favourite shows, especially thrillers and horror ones. This may work in a movie theatre, but looking at a bright screen at night in your bedroom can cause eye strain and headache. Plus, darkness makes your body think it’s time to sleep and messes up your internal clock. Your best bet is to have a bit of light while you watch. Clamp a reading lamp to your headboard to provide a little illumination to avoid eye strain. A dimmer switch will help you control the level of light.
7. Take Breaks
It might come as a shocker but comfort is not all about sitting in one place or lying in bed all day. Not only can it be downright uncomfortable; it can also affect your well-being. Plus, binge-watching a show with heavy subject matter (like Electric Dreams or Mindhunter) can have adverse effects on your mental health. It is advisable to take more breaks than you normally would. We are not saying you should go outside but checking in with friends, drinking more water or looking outside for a while can be helpful.
Binge-watching web series on the weekends can be very comforting, especially if you have had a tough work week. But it should not come at the cost of your health. How you binge-watch plays a vital role in your entertainment experience. Follow the above-mentioned tips to maximize your online streaming spree without hurting your body. No one wants to wake up sore the next day.