This morning, one of the participants in my 9:00 AM Circuit Training Class at West Point Grey Community Centre told me, ”My television got me into fitness when I was fifteen years old. Now you want me to get rid of it. What is going on? Are you starting a cult?”

A few minutes earlier, I told the class her that about some research that was being made public concerning the relationship between diabetes, cancer and obesity and the amount of sleep people are getting. The particular research was brought to my attention in an email from one of my managers at Fraser Health where I work. “The bedroom,” my manager wrote, “Is for sleeping and having sex. Nothing more.” I read the article because I think it’s great that a manager would care about his employees enough to give us permission to have sex.

The article concerns the relationship between sleep these conditions promote, and the relationship between blue light and in the bedroom and how it inhibits the body’s ability to produce the sleep hormone melatonin.

During the day, the body is drenched in blue light which supresses the amount of melatonin which causes the body to be alert. Night-time light bas little blue light, and the body can produce melatonin which makes us tired. When we finally get to the deepest part of sleep, or Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the body starts to replenish and reboot itself. This is good, because it gives the body a chance to recuperate from all the stresses of the day. REM sleep is necessary for good health.
When cellular phones and flat screen Televisions enter the bedrooms, the body, which is supposed to be sleeping, is once again drenched in blue light from the cell phone and TV screens. Melatonin ceases to me supressed, and the body remains more alert than it ought to be. In short, the body switches to government worker mode.

Finally, research I can relate to. My bedroom television has taken on the status as a member of the family. It is a huge flat-screened TV that is always on. It’s usually on with the “Home and Garden Network blaring away. The Home and Garden Network is a conspiracy to put a hammer in my hand. The network is a testament to home improvement that causes a gene snap to attention, gram some tools, and really screw things up.

The network is based on humiliating some poor male who somehow doesn’t measure up to the norm. There is fellow named Brian who has a very masculine shaved head and close-in-for-the-kill attitude. He can close in on a home improvement like a cruise missile and tease every single iota of manliness out of a neurosurgeon who has difficulty sawing a straight line.

‘Do you think that cut will help you bring this project up to code?”

“You’ve ever used a hammer or a saw, have you?”

“Is that your penis?”

“How’s that working for you?”

I am one who will not miss the lack of a television in my bedroom.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.



  1. janieemaus Says:

    Ok. My comment ended up on the wrong post. Mine is always on The Food Network.

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