Binge-watching leads to poor sleep quality and fatigue

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More than half of the respondents stated that they can watch a maximum of four episodes in one sitting. As entertaining as this might sound, researchers warn us this is not a healthy habit.

Of them, 40% binge-watched once, 28% binge-watched a few times, 14% a few in a week, and 7% did it nearly every day.

Researchers at the University of MI and the Leuven School for Mass Communication have published a new study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine looking at the way in which binge-watching changes young people's sleep patterns. They were also asked how frequently they "binge-watched" shows, defined as watching multiple consecutive episodes of the same show in one sitting, on any type of screen. This might cause an increase in obesity rates among younger people, which leads to many other serious consequences. Those who identified as a binge-watcher reported more fatigue, more symptoms of insomnia, poorer sleep quality and greater alertness prior to going to sleep.

The study involved 423 young adults, ages 18 to 25, who completed online surveys about how often they watched television, both conventional TV and streaming services. From them, 62 percent were female, while 74 percent were students.

But why is binge watching so bad for sleep?

Binge-watching makes it hard to fall asleep, leading to insomnia, fatigue and poor sleep quality, researchers say. 71% of those binge-watching declared that they did not intend to, but the show was too good.

For example, if you watched Making A Murderer before bed that might just stress you out a little bit more than, oh we don't know, Free Reign.

As a solution, researchers recommend binge watchers to engage in mindful techniques after watching their favorite shows, such as meditation or relaxation.

The researchers compared the results to the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and they found that the variables are correlated.

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