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How Video Addiction Affects Sleep Habits and Health

How Video Addiction Affects Sleep Habits and Health

Category: Sleep Issues
Posted: Jun 13, 2016 15:30
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Synopsis: With the rise of the popularity of video games and the culture behind them, it’s no surprise that video game addiction is now labelled as an actual condition. Though some people may just view it as a habit, this new addiction is just like other compulsive conditions and can have serious affects. The condition is defined as excessive or compulsive use of video games.

How Video Addiction Affects Sleep Habits and Health



With the rise of the popularity of video games and the culture behind them, it’s no surprise that video game addiction is now labelled as an actual condition. Though some people may just view it as a habit, this new addiction is just like other compulsive conditions and can have serious affects. The condition is defined as excessive or compulsive use of video games.

Fortunately, there’s now therapy and drugs to help fight the new founded condition. But, it doesn’t just affect you mentally, the condition can have serious physical problems as well.



Symptoms of compulsive video game use



These symptoms range from lying to family and friends about how much time is spent playing, to isolating themselves from everyone. There are also withdrawal symptoms of fatigue and irritability when away from consoles. Most people just see it as unsociable teenagers playing something that’s not real, and in some cases this is true -- but not all cases are that minor. The percentage of people being diagnosed with video game addiction is on the rise. Professionals suggest that game designers do this purposefully, to keep children addicted. So, is it the developers fault, or is it people not being able to control their habit? Who knows?

What we do know though, is how bad the physical implications can be.



Research on video game addiction



There was study conducted in North America to see if video game addiction could be linked to sleeping habits. The study was taken on 94 adolescents aged 10 to 17. The research involved sleep monitors, surveys, physical exams and blood tests. The adolescents were given a sleep monitor for one week. After this, the scientists looked at the results, measured their insulin levels, waist circumference, height and their blood pressure.



The results of the study



After combining all their finding, the scientists came up with the conclusion that there was a correlation between sleeping habits and video game addiction.

Those participants that showed signs of the addiction got less sleep, were more prone to gain weight, their body was more resistant to insulin and their blood pressure was significantly higher.

The researchers said the condition affects the vulnerable child and teenage population. They also said that it had a significant effect on their social interaction and social skills. Without these skills, they wouldn’t be as prepared for the real world.

Within the surveys, a major percentage of the participants said the reason they played on video games was to get away from the ‘real world’. They said it was more fun and you could be who you want in the fantasy world, but they couldn’t cope with responsibility and reality that is the real world.



Here are some tips on how to cope with the addiction and a list of reasons why the addiction is bad:



  • Create timetables and schedules to regulate use of video games.
  • Find an external motivator to keep you away from the screen.
  • Delete all your video games – even if you try and download them again later, they take a while to download, and so you may find something else to do.
  • Computer games are very time consuming.
  • They’re an escape – a distraction.
  • Computer games are very limiting.
  • Playing computer games is living someone else’s life, not your own.



Conclusion of the study



After all this, we think it is quite obvious that video games and the addiction does affect your sleeping habits. Maybe they need a better mattress, a memory foam one could be some help. But, truthfully as shown, the health risks are high and this addiction is not just a habit.


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