FEELING GREAT: Why television can really be bad for you

A distinct lack of people wandering along the sea front is always a good sign that wild weather and dark nights are on their way to Hartlepool.

And with it, a change in peoples habits. How long before you head home after work in the dark with nothing else on your on mind other to grab some tea, lock the front door for the night knowing that nobody ever comes round when it’s winter and stick something much more comfortable on so you can settle down for a long night in front of the TV?

And all of this is usually done before 6pm.

And this is sad, but true. Just about every body has one of those big flat screen TV’s these days.

And don’t they look great when you hang them on the wall?

Placing a TV on the wall, high above a fire has almost become the centre piece of most people’s livings rooms.

And when you get back in after a long day at work, or just fancy a lazy day on the couch watching the re-runs of your favourite soaps or reality TV, then there’s a good chance your going to spending hours looking at it.

Big problem is, many people have them in a dangerously wrong position.

You see, lots of people make the mistake of choosing what the TV looks like in position, over how easy and safe it is to actually watch.

You might not be aware of it, but having the TV above the level of your eyes if you’re planning to watch it sat on the couch, is a one way ticket to neck, shoulder and eye problems.

And probably one or two migraines and headaches along the way too.

So how come? Well it’s all to do with your eyes having muscles and the fact your eyes have a natural downward tilt. It’s the reason that when you stare down a corridor, 80 per cent of what you see is the floor, and not the ceiling.

Try this holding your arm out straight in front of you, I reckon within 20-30 seconds

it would start to feel weak and then you’d feel a burning sensation, it would shake like mad and eventually you would have to drop it because it was so uncomfortable.

When you have your TV above your natural eyeline, which remember, is looking down, you’re asking your muscles in your eyes to do what you just tried with your arm.

Cue a domino effect of problems starting with over eye strain, neck pain as you tilt back to avoid that, and then shoulder pain as you try to limit the effect of holding your head in a position not familiar too you.

There’s a reason that TV stands are nearly all the same height and any decent one will always mean that if you’re sat on the couch watching TV, you’ll be looking down.

Now if you went to bed to watch TV, high up on the wall is the perfect place for it to be.

Think about settling into bed with you head on your pillow, you will see in your eye line, 80 per cent ceiling.

And that’s your eyes in their favoured position.

So if you go to bed and the TV is on the floor or even on the stand that was designed for the front room, it might be worth re-working things, that is if you want to avoid migraines, headaches, eye trouble and muscle tension. Could also be the reason you’re actually suffering from these things on a more than regular basis.