The Netflix effect: Adults give up sleep to binge-watch

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

DARIEN, Ill. – A “whopping” 88% of American adults have lost sleep due to binge-watching a TV show or streaming series, according to the results of a new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

For 18-44 year olds, that number jumps to 95%.

Other causes of lost sleep, according to the survey:

·      Video games for 72% of adults 18-34 years old;

·      Reading for two-thirds of adults, with women the majority (71%);

·      Watching sports for 60% of adults, with men the majority (75%). Additionally, for 25-54 year olds, 54% were more likely to stay up for overtime or extra innings.

On the bright side, adults rank sleep as their No. 2 priority after family, says AASM.

"It’s encouraging that Americans rank sleep as one of their highest priorities, but choosing to binge on entertainment at night instead of sleeping has serious ramifications,” said AASM President Dr. Kelly A. Carden. “Sleep is essential to health, well-being and safety, and chronic insufficient sleep can lead to an increased risk of health problems, mood disorders and motor vehicle accidents.”