While Americans know that sleep is important, with most saying it’s their second-most important priority over family, too many folks are not getting the sleep they need and their TV watching habits are partly to blame.
A new survey finds:
- 88% of adults say they lost sleep because they stayed up to watch multiple episodes of a program, either on TV or on a streaming service.
- It’s particularly bad in the case of 18 to 44-year-olds, where 95% have lost sleep for this reason.
But it’s not just binge-watching that’s keeping folks from getting a good night’s sleep.
- 72% of 18 to 34-year-olds are staying up to play video games, with men more likely to do so than women (59% vs. 42%).
- Reading is also keeping people up, with two-thirds of adults losing sleep due to reading, although women are more likely to do so than men (71% vs. 61%).
- 60% of adults have lost sleep because they were watching sports, although men are more likely to do so than women (75% vs. 45%).
And while you may not think it’s that big of a deal to lose a few hours watching your favorite show, or reading your favorite book, that loss of sleep can certainly put you in a bad mood.
- 25% of people say missing their bedtime left them frustrated.
- For those in Gen Z, 32% felt frustrated, while 23% were left feeling worried, and 19% felt guilty.