So binge-watching is your favourite downtime habit, huh? Well, you might want to reconsider if a study that found marathon viewing may wreak havoc on our health is anything to go by.
A paper published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that people’s addiction to watching TV series can lead to, among other things, insomnia, chronic fatigue and obesity, which in turn have a damaging effect on the body’s immune system.
Binge-watching in this paper was defined as “watching multiple consecutive episodes of the same television show in one sitting on a screen, be it a television, laptop, computer or tablet” and an average binge-watching session lasted 3 hours and 8 minutes, with 52 percent of binge-watchers viewing three to four episodes in one sitting.
Binge-watchers reported more fatigue, more symptoms of insomnia, poorer sleep quality and greater alertness prior to going to sleep.
According to Liese Exelmans and Jan van den Bulck, the authors of the binge-watching effects paper, interventions and treatments to reduce alertness before sleep, such as relaxation techniques and mindfulness, could be valuable approaches to target sleep problems associated with binge-watching.
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