# Is there evidence to suggest that sleeping requires more energy than watching TV?

I have heard the claim:

sleeping requires more energy than watching TV.

I have heard the counter-claim - watching TV requires large amounts of energy.

My question is: Is there evidence to suggest that sleeping requires more energy than watching TV?

• This sounds like a better fit for skeptics.SE.
– kmm
Sep 7 '16 at 13:49
• It fits with biology, too. Sep 7 '16 at 15:17
• So your sources are 3 "news" websites that don't share sources and a parenting SE post?
– nico
Sep 8 '16 at 16:21
• It sounds like you have a better one. Please enlighten us. Sep 8 '16 at 20:45
• No, I'm saying this exists in the Zeitgeist. In common conversation. It is something that people talk about. These were the sites that came up when I searched for a truth that is commonly known. Sep 14 '16 at 20:52

## 1 Answer

From Harvard Health Publishing. The weights are in pounds, and the energy is shown in calories. These values are for over a 30 minute period.

This suggests that the claim is false; watching TV uses more energy than sleeping does.

• Data is in pounds? Really? Pounds of what? Pounds sterling? Nov 5 '17 at 8:59
• Pounds are a valid measurement of mass, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pound_(mass). If you want me too, I can use kilograms, however for simplicity the data was in pounds and the conversion to kilograms gives decimal places, the removal of which reduces accuracy. Nov 6 '17 at 9:55
• But that, I imagine, refers to the figures in bold. One could ask "mass of what?" But as the question is about energy, I assume the non-bold figures are energy, which does not have units of mass. Nov 6 '17 at 10:51
• Oh, sorry. I didn't realise that. Fixing that up now, and I'll fix the table up when I get on a PC Nov 8 '17 at 9:19