By Grace Vasquez
I’ll admit it I am so guilty of binge watching. After reading this article on how binge watching can affect you mentally I have to agree. I know after 3 or 4 episodes of “Criminal Minds” I feel weird. However, 3 or 4 episodes of “Fixer Upper” I’m ready to decorate my house!
Well, a new survey from Patient.info has found that binge-watching TV can affect mental health and sleep habits.
A new British survey, finds that more than half of the 2,000 people polled experienced some sort of mental health issue after they finished watching a complete series. Not surprising, younger folks are more susceptible. In fact, as compared to those 55 and older, 18-to-24-year-olds are five times more likely to admit they feel depressed after a binge watch, and they’re twice as likely to feel empty, anxious or sleeplessness.
- 33% say they’ve skipped 2.5 or more hours of sleep due to binge-watching TV
- 10% say they’ve missed four or more hours sleep to TV
- Almost 34% say they’ve experienced a feeling of emptiness after finishing a TV series
- 20% say they feel low or depressed after finishing a show
- 10% experience a feeling of loneliness after finishing a show
And sleep definitely suffers when you binge-watch, with three quarters of people saying they’ve skipped sleep to watch another episode, with 10% saying they’ve actually lost for or more hours of sleep because of their binge.
Lisa Artis from the Sleep Council says “Violence, gore or suspense may leave you feeling anxious and could contribute to tossing and turning.”
If you find yourself feeling blue there are some things to combat it:
It always comes back to exercise right? Well, being active can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression and can help you get to sleep. But don’t exercise too close to bedtime, as you need time to wind down.
2. Eat healthily
It always come back to eating healthy right? Well, while we love to eat junk food while binge-watching health experts say foods high in fat and carbs can cause a crash in blood sugar, leaving you feeling sluggish and lethargic.
3. Reduce the binge
Oh well problem solved right? If you really can’t stop binge-watching TV – we know it’s hard – then try to minimize how long you are watching for.
Dr. Neil Stanley, an independent sleep expert, said reducing your TV watching to one episode per night every night is much better than watching ten back-to-back episodes.
4. Talk to someone
Now seriously if you’re feeling weird after binge-watching then pick up the phone and call a friend! Cal Strode, from the Mental Health Foundation, said: “When we’re feeling low we’re often drawn to things that can make us feel worse, such as unhealthy fast foods or long periods of inactivity binge-watching TV.”
So in the end, we know what we have to do regarding binge-watching. We know what is good and healthy for us. We know all this. Now we have to just do it…or or rather stop doing it: binge-watching! ~grace