The binge-watching is detrimental to quality of sleep

Health 22 August, 2017


Published the 22.08.2017 at 17h28


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Her eyes glazed and riveted on your computer screen, you have not left your sofa for the day. Impossible to turn it off as long as you have not seen the latest machinations of Cersei in Games of Thrones or had a last thrill with Eleven in Stranger Things. In a marathon, a series that may well turn you into a zombie, warns a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Researchers from the university of Michigan (Usa) and Leuven (Belgium) have, indeed, shown that this “binge-watching” alter the quality of sleep, contributed to the fatigue and insomnia. This phenomenon is harmful to health, however, is rising thanks to the platforms.

A binge-watching involuntary

In fact, among the 420 young adults aged 18 to 25 years old, 81 % have reported that they could watch multiple episodes of a single series in a single day. Researchers have referred to as ‘ binge-viewers “. About one-third of them reported having done so several times in the course of the month studied. A trend, rather female, to believe the results.

The researchers also noted that binge-watching was often involuntary. Absorbed by the story and the twists and turns, the viewers start the next episode without worrying about what time it is, they explain.

Obesity, heart disease…

A letting go that are impacting their sleep. The participants reported sleeping, on average 7h37 by night. A duration insufficient for the great addicts to the series since it complain more of fatigue and sleep of poor quality.
Kept awake by the suspense of the episodes, they also have more difficulty falling asleep. “They are so involved in their series that they continue to think about and mull over when they go to bed,” explains Liese Exelmans, look at the university of Leuven and head of the work.

Losing the sleep for the Walking Dead, Narcos, or The office of the legends, would not be without consequences. The researchers remind us that sleep deprivation is associated with disorders of memory, learning, but also to obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
“Sleep is the fuel needed by our body to work properly. It is therefore very important to document the risk factors that impact the sleep. In view of these results, the binge-watching is part of it, ” says Liese Exelmans.