Losing Sleep Over Gaming

If you're into computer games, really addicted to them, there's a good chance that you're losing sleep over your obsession. That's what research from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock found. They surveyed 137 students, of which 12.6% admitted to being hard-core gamers (defined as playing computer games more than 7 hours a week). This group lost as much as 2 hours of sleep per night compared to occasional and non-gamers.

The Bigger Picture: There are a couple of factors at work here. On one hand, there's the excitement of the game itself and the fact that gaming partners and adversaries are available 24/7. On the other, the light from TV screens and computer monitors tends to simulate sunlight. Both of these issues can keep you staring at the ceiling. Funny thing is only a third of these addicted gamers recognized sleeplessness as a problem.
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