Bedtime For Bonzo

In "Bedtime for Bonzo," when college professor Peter Boyd (Ronald Reagan) attempts to demonstrate that he can teach a chimpanzee (Bonzo) right from wrong, the chimp seems to enjoy the instruction. One important lesson he's taught: When it's time to hit the hay, it's lights out!

Can humans today learn the lesson professor Boyd was trying to teach Bonzo back in in 1951: that getting to bed on time, with no TV or screen time, is essential for good brain health?

Many folks are late-night viewers. A University of Pennsylvania study found that late-night TV (11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.) is a major reason that up to 40 percent of U.S. adults don't get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep nightly. Lack of sleep takes its toll on your brain!

A recent study in Nature Scientific Reports reveals that adults 50 and older who, over a six-year stretch, watch more than 3.5 hours of TV daily experience a greater cognitive decline than adults who watch 2.5 hours a day or less. That affects a lot of folks, since according to a 2016 Nielsen report, on average, American adults are watching five hours and four minutes of television per day.

Now, there's nothing wrong with watching "The Dr. Oz Show" (recorded or otherwise) and learning how to make your RealAge younger. But no TV in the bedroom, Bonzo! Keep your overall tube time to less than 2.5 hours per day. Don't let it keep you up at night, and you'll be able to remember what you watched!

© 2019 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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