Your favorite guilty pleasure could be costing you some z's: Binge-watching TV leads to less sleep, according to a new survey by SleepRate. Ugh, why does Mad Men have to be so good?!
The company surveyed more than 200 adults that used a streaming video service (such as Netflix) about their viewing habits and tiredness. Eighty-two percent admitted to staying up later than their usual bedtime to stare at their screens. And when they binge-watched, many participants reported only getting between two to three hours of sleep that night! So it's no surprise that 77 percent said that they felt sluggish the day after these all-night TV marathons.
Previous research found that the light emitted from gadgets (like a TV screen) can interfere with melatoninÃ¢â‚¬”a sleep-regulating hormone that's produced in darkness. And if the TV series is especially thrilling (we're looking at you, Scandal), anxiety and hyper-arousal may increase and further delay sleep, says Anda Baharav, M.D., founder of SleepRate.
Of course, it's hard to stop after one adrenaline-pumping episode of The Walking Dead (so many cliff hangers!), but you do need to power down and get some shuteye. So if you notice you can't stop once you start watching, try limiting binge-watching to weekends only. Need more help? These 15 tricks are guaranteed to help you sleep betterÃ¢â‚¬”no matter how many zombies youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen before bed.
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