Friday, June 12, 2009

Virtual Reality: Video Games & Sleep Loss

A study that was presented this week at SLEEP 2009 in Seattle, Wash., reports that excessive video-game playing can interfere with your sleep.

The study involved 137 college students. They had an average age of 22 years; 63 percent were women. Casual game players were compared with excessive game players. “Excessive” was defined as playing more than seven hours per week.

Results show that almost 13 percent of participants reported that they are addicted to gaming. These participants slept one hour less on weekdays than other gamers; they also reported feeling sleepier during the day. In general, excessive gaming was associated with more sleepiness.

But study author Amanda Woolems told the AASM that only some of these college students realized that they were losing sleep.

“Of the people who admitted being addicted to gaming, only about a third of them recognized an interference with their sleep,” she said.

Playing video games also can have an effect on the sleep of children. One study involved children between 6 and 12 years of age in Japan. Playing video games had a negative impact on sleep. Children also were more active before bedtime if they had a video game system in their bedroom.

Another study involved teen students in Belgium. Teens with a gaming computer in their rooms went to bed significantly later on weekdays. Those who spent more time playing computer games also went to bed later on weekdays and weekend days. They spent less time in bed on weekdays and reported higher levels of tiredness.


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Anonymous said...

Something not given much coverrage is the fact that teens who play video games excessively are very likely not developing the social skills that will allow them to function effectively in our very competitive society. They can relate to other teens in their very 'reduced scope' world, all artificial, mind you, whether the game is violent or otherwise.
I come across alarmingly 'socially underdeveloped' young people on a regular basis and I have to wonder how they will do in future life with their dormant brains and ability to react to video games stimulus only.

rjerrom445 said...

I find this article very interesting,I, Myself have some very 'socially undeveloped' young people. It seems that the only thing they can find to talk about are video games, being in highschool this would be expected but not to the extent that I have witnessed, I play video games myself occasionally. But I fear that some teenagers and young children may find them addictive, therefore effecting how much they sleep. I can talk about other things apart from video games, I talk about books, lessons, homework, Even the news. It appears that with the increase of availibility of video games more people are forgetting other forms of entertainment i.e reading a good book. I just think it is such a waste of modern society if most of us are to absorbed in a game to realise what is going on in the world around us.

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