Binge watchers have a 98% greater risk of sleep problems


"One more won't hurt", you think to yourself, as episode three of Stranger Things reaches its conclusion, and Netflix begins counting down to number four.

Ultimately researchers hope to find out even more about the relationship between technology and people's sleep patterns, as digital habits continue to be on the rise.

In addition, the more a person binge-watched, the poorer the sleep quality and the more symptoms of insomnia and fatigue showed during the day.

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Results show that more than 80% of young adults identified themselves as a binge-watcher, with 20.2% of them binge-watching at least a few times a week in the previous month. They defined binge-viewing as "watching multiple consecutive episodes of the same television show in one sitting on a screen, be it a television, laptop, computer or tablet computer screen". Also, they had a 98 percent higher tendency to suffer from poorer sleep than those who didn't usually binge watch TV.

Researchers saw how those participants at the study who admitted being binge watchers also complained of feeling exhausted more often, suffered from insomnia and poor sleep, and were in a more alert state before going to bed.

The method employed for the study was to hand out questionnaires to 423 young adults (18-25 years old). From them, 62 percent were female, while 74 percent were students.

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These results are not surprising, but the study does shine a light on the trend of binge-watching, Tech Times reports. Around 71% of binge-watchers claimed that they did it unintentionally - they watched more than they initially wanted to. But once you've dragged your exhausted self to bed, you just can't fall asleep.

As a solution, researchers recommend binge watchers to engage in mindful techniques after watching their favorite shows, such as meditation or relaxation. "That, in turn, negatively affected sleep quality, fatigue and insomnia".

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