Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

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Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby 3.14chan » Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:33 pm UTC

Computer/console gamers who play for more than seven hours a week and who identify their gaming as an addiction sleep less during the weekdays and experience greater sleepiness than casual or non-gamers, according to a research abstract that will be presented on Monday, June 8 at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Results of the study indicate that excessive gamers have significantly poorer sleep hygiene and sleep less on weekdays than other gamers; a significant positive correlation was found between the hours of game play and sleepiness. Gamers who reported that their gaming interfered with sleep slept for 1.6 hours less than other gamers, while those who claimed to be addicted to gaming slept one hour less on weekdays.

According to principal investigator Amanda Woolems, at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, AR., previous research has shown that excessive gamers spend less time in bed, have longer sleep latency and shorter REM latency.

"Our statistics revealed that those who admitted addiction scored higher on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (sleepiness)," said Woolems. "It surprised us, however, that of the people who admitted being addicted to gaming, only about a third of them recognized an interference with their sleep."

The study examined data from 137 students recruited from the university who were enrolled in introductory psychology courses. Participants' mean age was 22 years and a majority of the sample was women (86). Gamers were classified as casual or excessive (those who spend more than seven hours a week using the internet and playing computer games), based on a demographic questionnaire and sleepiness was assessed subjectively through questionnaires. Of the total sample, 10.81 percent reported that gaming interfered with their sleep and 12.6 identified themselves as being addicted to gaming.

Authors of the study suggest that maladaptive sleep hygiene found among excessive gamers is a target for intervention to promote improved sleep.

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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby Nemiro » Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:04 pm UTC

7 8 hours is excessive?

Holy crap, I'm addicted. 15 hours most weeks (and set to rise now my exams are over).

EDIT: Wait wait wait. Including internet usage? I should be OD'd.
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby aleflamedyud » Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:05 pm UTC

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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby The Reaper » Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:43 pm UTC

I have plenty of sleep. Sure, I live in a 26 hour day, but hey, I'm not getting some strange amount of sleep, I get the full 6-8 hours.

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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby Gellert1984 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:58 pm UTC

So I'm curious, how many of the participants in this research are WoW addicts who saty up till 3 in the morning finishing 'one last raid' despite having school/work in the morning.

I'd say I play 15hrs a week, probably more, but I get 8hrs sleep, unless I'm on nights, or a car alarm goes off, or a neighbours having a party....
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby Lucrece » Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:13 pm UTC

I'm still hung up on the term "sleep hygiene" >_>;

I have to wonder who the hell funds this useless research? Isn't it common sense that sleep deprivation out of playing games extensively will take a toll on stamina?
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby 3.14chan » Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:13 pm UTC

Lucrece wrote:I'm still hung up on the term "sleep hygiene" >_>;

I have to wonder who the hell funds this useless research? Isn't it common sense that sleep deprivation out of playing games extensively will take a toll on stamina?


Hygiene, refers to the set of practices associated with the preservation of health and healthy living.

I think that I should make a research about how die might be harmfull to your health.

And yeah! Common sense is not common.
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby Lucrece » Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:28 pm UTC

Yeah, I know what it means. I just hadn't seen the word put together with sleep, and the novelty just seems awfully awkward to me.
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby BoomFrog » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:08 am UTC

Science: Testing the obvious because sometimes the obvious is wrong.
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby mr_pathetic » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:15 am UTC

My god, so all this time I spent awake was taking away my sleep time... I knew trouble was amok.

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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby Shpow » Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:47 am UTC

I spend the first 5 hours of my day gaming. Then I eat, then I shower. After that, I go out for a few good hours with my friends, where I swim, walk, run, eat, drink, etc, (until about 11 pm or midnight) and then I come home and play more games and use the internet until, what, 4 am? 5 am maybe?. It's 4.49am right now. I think I do a fair bit of stuff in the day.
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby Dhes » Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:21 am UTC

How is gaming for 1 hour every day of the week put you in the “people addicted to gaming” bracket? Are people that do crossword puzzles during lunch and one at the end of the day “addicted to puzzles”?
I’m also surprised that 63% of the people asked where woman, sadly enough this isn’t really a good reflection of the gaming community.

Why do a study about gamers but than take your data from a really small group that doesn’t even fit the demographic.
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby General_Norris » Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:43 am UTC

Wow, this is so wrong. For starters, if you identidy yourself as an "adict" doesn't mean you are.

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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby Delass » Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:05 am UTC

So many posts in this thread after midnight :D

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Postby The Reaper » Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:06 am UTC

Delass wrote:So many posts in this thread after midnight :D

Oh, you. :3

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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby 3.14chan » Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:41 pm UTC

BoomFrog wrote:Science: Testing the obvious because sometimes the obvious is wrong.

I loved your quote and will use it!

But now I will be sarcastic:
Let's study about mortality rate in a 100% water free diet in laboratory rats!
the obvious conclusion is that it would be 100% of mortality, but sometimes the obvious is wrong. :mrgreen:
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby The Reaper » Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:49 pm UTC

3.14chan wrote:
BoomFrog wrote:Science: Testing the obvious because sometimes the obvious is wrong.

I loved your quote and will use it!

But now I will be sarcastic:
Let's study about mortality rate in a 100% water free diet in laboratory rats!
the obvious conclusion is that it would be 100% of mortality, but sometimes the obvious is wrong. :mrgreen:

It depends on what you mean when you define water-free. Do you mean the absence of liquid water, or the absence of water molecules from the diet entirely?

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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby 3.14chan » Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:51 pm UTC

no liquid water, all food must be dehidrated, no juice, no beer, no liquid, just dry dehidrated food
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby The Reaper » Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:04 pm UTC

3.14chan wrote:no liquid water, all food must be dehidrated, no juice, no beer, no liquid, just dry dehidrated food

Then eventually the creature would die, due to water loss from its breath, assuming it reclaimed water by drinking its own piss. It would also violate most animal testing policies currently in effect.

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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby 3.14chan » Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:26 pm UTC

This is the obvious answer!

I was making fun of the "Science: Testing the obvious because sometimes the obvious is wrong."

To tell the truth I like this quote, but it has its limitis. Of course poor sleeping habits leads to sleepines, you don't need a research to find this! This is the funny/tragic point of all this :D
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby The Reaper » Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:28 pm UTC

3.14chan wrote:This is the obvious answer!

I was making fun of the "Science: Testing the obvious because sometimes the obvious is wrong."

In truth tho, sometimes the obvious is wrong, that just happens to be a bad example.

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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby setzer777 » Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:31 pm UTC

Yeah, I kind of take issue with them labeling anyone who spends more than 7 hours a week on games/internet "excessive". Also, their abstract confuses me:

First they say that they are separating people into "casual" and "excessive" gamers based on hours per week. Then they say that there is a correlation between those who who admit addiction or sleep interference and poor sleep hygiene. They never say that gaming 8+ hours per week is positively correlated with poor sleep hygiene, only that saying that you are addicted is correlated with poor sleep hygiene. So what does the 8+ hour classification have to do with anything?
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby 3.14chan » Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:44 pm UTC

The Reaper wrote:
3.14chan wrote:This is the obvious answer!

I was making fun of the "Science: Testing the obvious because sometimes the obvious is wrong."

In truth tho, sometimes the obvious is wrong, that just happens to be a bad example.


Yeah, it is true, that's why I like it!

I just think that there is a limit to what you do with research money...
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby Vanguard » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:04 pm UTC

I've actually been tired recently because of my LACK of gaming outlets. 360 crashed, computers are virus'd (on a gameless laptop right now)...
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby Will » Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:11 pm UTC

So the outcome of the paper seems to be "bad sleep hygiene increases sleepiness. Also we think maybe some excessive gamers don't sleep as much? We're not really sure"

What is the paper trying to show? Are they trying to find a correlation between bad sleep hygiene and excessive gaming? Were they expecting to show that gaming affects sleepiness by some factor other than bad sleep hygiene? Setzer already pointed out the issues with how they define "excessive gaming"

I can't really say without reading the whole paper, but it seems like this paper doesn't really tell us anything at all about anything.
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Re: Too much gaming and poor sleep hygiene can increase sleepnes

Postby General_Norris » Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:55 pm UTC

I think they don't even know what they are saying.


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