Long gone are the days you could only watch one episode of your favorite show each week.
With the abundance of streaming services available, we can plop down on the couch and spend the entire day with “Jack Ryan” or even “Lucifer.”
Quite often, a new survey found, those “days” spent binge-watching a favorite show continue into the night, and people are sacrificing a good night’s sleep in order to be up to date on “Atypical” or “Riverdale.”
In a survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, U.S. adults ranked sleep as their second priority behind family. However, 88% of the survey respondents said they stayed up late to watch multiple episodes of a show. That percentage jumps to 95 for 18- to 44-year-olds.
“It’s encouraging that Americans rank sleep as one of their highest priorities, but choosing to binge on entertainment at night instead of sleeping has serious ramifications,” said AASM President Dr. Kelly A. Carden. “Sleep is essential to health, well-being and safety, and chronic insufficient sleep can lead to an increased risk of health problems, mood disorders and motor vehicle accidents.”
A January study by the National Center for Cardiovascular Research in Madrid found that people who don't get enough sleep increase their risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease — regardless of age, weight, and smoking and exercise habits.
And a study published this week in Nature found that not sleeping enough can lead to changes in the brain that are linked to higher levels of anxiety.
The AASM survey also found:
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