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How Binge-Watching & Social Media Affects Your Sleep

June 24, 2019

The negative effects of binge-watching on sleep

We live in an era of near-constant entertainment. Whether you prefer browsing social media sites on your mobile or tablet, binge-watching series on streaming sites like Netflix or Showmax, or simply catching up on episodes of TV programmes you missed on the DStv PVR platform, the temptation of using sleeping hours to remain entertained is around every corner.  If you have data or Wifi you can keep yourself occupied pretty much endlessly.

However, it turns out this type of behaviour is not conducive to sound sleep and, as a result thereof, could have an impact on everything from an individual’s mental state and ability to perform their work, to their heart health and the functioning of their immune system. Here are a few ways in which binge-watching and social media use can affect your sleep:

  1. Many people tend to ‘eat into’ their sleep time by staying awake longer to watch shows or engage on social media. Healthy adults need 7 - 8 hours of sleep per night to function optimally, and will feel the effects of less sleep in as little as one week.
  2. The light emitted by TV screens, as well as tablets, smartphones and other devices,  interferes with the body’s natural circadian rhythms and ‘winding down’ process. When you watch shows and engage with social media content too close to bedtime, it has a direct effect on your ability to fall and remain asleep.
  3. Watching stimulating visual content close to bedtime has the potential to influence your dreams, which could become more vivid or disturbing and might lead to interrupted sleep and shorter periods of REM sleep.

DID YOU KNOW? If you sleep two hours less than the optimal amount (this varies from one person to the next, but is normally between 7 - 8 hours for an adult) for 7 days straight, the cognitive deficit you'll experience is likened to that of someone with a blood alcohol level of 0.08.

There you have it - a few reasons why you should keep binge-watching and social media use to a minimum close to bedtime if you wish to maintain a healthy sleep routine and enjoy the restorative rest your body and mind requires to function optimally.

In the meantime, feel free to reach out to a Bed King representative if you would like to learn more about our range of comfort-graded mattresses and sleep solutions. Better yet - visit us in store so you can try out the revolutionary Comfort Solutions Lab®. This groundbreaking tech solution uses pressure-point data to determine the ideal comfort level of each individual, as well as each customer's required support.

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