I’m almost embarrassed to say that television is one of my favorite past times, simply because I feel that in saying that, the immediate depiction of me (or anyone for that matter) is a lazy slob, rooted to the couch with a bag of potato chips. Well, since the invention of things such as Netflix, and RedBox, television is becoming more and more of a popular past time among the entire nation, so my feelings are starting to wane just a little.
Television has been the scapegoat for so many ailments, illnesses and other health related problems, that even letting people know that you watch for an extended period of time comes with a guilty feeling. Reading, exercising and other things that require brain function or movement all seem to have with them more positive connotations. Well, the proof is now in the pudding as they say, as new studies show that binge TV watching does indeed affect health, and in particular the amount of sleep that we receive.
The results of a small new survey show that 82 percent of people who admit to binge-watching, which is classed as watching multiple TV episodes or movies in one sitting, multiple times throughout the week, end up staying up later than usual because of the time the show airs and because of when the show is completed.
Screens of any kind are known to affect sleep patterns as well as stress levels, which is why many doctors suggest powering down at least an hour before the intended time of sleep occurs. This means laptops, televisions, phones, and any device that requires bright lights and concentration of long periods.
A 2011 National Sleep Foundation poll showed that 95 percent of people use some sort of electronic device (including TV, cell phones and computers) in the hour before bed several nights a week, and two-thirds of 30-to-64-year-olds watch TV in the hour before going to bed. Due to these behaviors, bedtime has become the single most important factor in what time a person ends up going to sleep.
A Sleep Rate survey showed that 77 percent of people who said they stayed up late to binge-watch shows felt tired the next day. Continued practice of this leaves the body and mind overly tired, and unable to catch up on sleep, which then snowballs and rolls into each and every one of the days to follow. this can lead to weakened immune systems, irritability, and in turn a number of health issues.
Binge-watching on average takes away up to around two to three hours of sleep a night from anyone who practices this on a regular basis. so maybe invest in a nice recording device or just catch the recaps online the next day; sacrificing sleep is just a recipe for disaster. Sleep is when the body recharges, and powers down, maybe you should do the same.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.