Danger: Gamers Lose 912 Hours of Sleep Each Year, Study Finds

Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of any number of health problems, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – therefore shortening your life expectancy.

— Sleep Specialist Alex Ion of The Dozy Owl

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Media Release:

● The average time spent playing games daily is between five and six hours – equating to 35-42 hours
a week
● 21% of gamers said that Minecraft is the game that keeps them up the longest!
● A whopping 52% of gamers have missed or been late to important affairs such as school and work
● 76% of gamers even confessed to having nightmares after playing for long periods of time!

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With approximately 32 million gamers in the United Kingdom and growing, experts at GamblingDeals.com wanted to uncover just how much time gamers spend playing and which areas of their life may be affected as a result.

GamblingDeals.com surveyed 7,933 gamers asking them to reveal their favored gaming device, hours spent
gaming, and hours spent sleeping.

Results:

PlayStation places first as the most common console, used by 41% of gamers. This is followed by Xbox with
38%, PC with 17%, and 4% using alternative gaming devices.

Of the gamers surveyed, the average time spent playing games is between five and six hours a day! This
roughly equates to 35 – 42 hours a week, the equivalent hours of a full-time job, and more than 1,820 hours
per year.

Gamers losing sleep for playing.
Credit: GamblingDeals.com

After analyzing how much time gamers spend playing, GamblingDeals.com wanted to see how much time
that left them to recharge and rest.

The National Sleep Foundation notes that an adult should be getting on average 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day.
However, 51% of gaming respondents said that they have between 5 to 6 hours of sleep a day – missing an
estimated total of 912 hours of sleep a year!

Gamers losing sleep for playing.
Credit: GamblingDeals.com

Sleep specialist of The Dozy Owl, Alex Ion, said this about the detrimental effects of limited sleep: It’ss alarming to think people could lose thousands of hours of sleep due to gaming habits – especially when compared to the health risks lack of sleep can exacerbate. In fact, the cost of a sleepless night, particularly if it is repeated behavior, can create an increase in bad moods and lack of focus.

Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of any number of health problems, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – therefore shortening your life expectancy.

Gamers losing sleep fo playing.
Credit: minecraft.net

Games that keep gamers up the longest

GamblingDeals.com found the five most common games keeping players awake at night are Minecraft with 21%,
Rust (17%), Fortnite (14%), Among Us (12%), and Call of Duty: Warzone (10%).

Gamers are losing sleep for playing.
Credit: GamblingDeals.com

“On average I can spend anywhere between seven (and) eight hours playing online. When I was younger, I was known to skive a few days off for gaming. But now thanks to online seminars and lectures, I have been playing them in the background whilst playing rounds of ‘Among Us’.”

GamblingDeals.com also wanted to find out if the high volumes of playing time had affected gamers’ personal,
mental, and psychical well-being. A whopping 62% of gamers admit to having skipped important events such as school and work.

James, a 21 years old gaming enthusiast and a Bachelor of Science in Politics student currently studying online, said:

“On average I can spend anywhere between seven (and) eight hours playing online. When I was younger, I was known to skive a few days off for gaming. But now thanks to online seminars and lectures, I have been playing them in the background whilst playing rounds of ‘Among Us’.”

Gamers losing sleep for playing.
Credit: GamblingDeals.com

Not only have players’ personal and professional lives been affected by intense hours of gaming, mental and physical issues started to arise with many too. Many admitted to having sleep troubles such as insomnia (73%) and nightmares (76%), after playing for long periods of time.

Gamers also said that the five most common physical problems they face are back pain, with 30% of votes,
dry eyes (26%), hand cramps (18%), headaches (11%), and lack of concentration at 8%.

With new lockdown regulations in place, GamblingDeals.com asked gamers if they felt their gaming has increased during this period. A staggering 80% of people said it has by an extra two-three hours a day. (/)

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Methodology

*Experts at GamblingDeals.com surveyed 7,933 gamers, asking the following questions;
1. ‘What is the most common product you used for gaming?’
2. ‘On average, how many hours a day do you spend gaming?’
3. ‘On average, how many hours a night do you sleep?’
4. ‘Please note the game that keeps you up the longest’
5. ‘Which style of game keeps you up the longest?’
6. ‘Have you ever skipped work/school/special occasion because of lost gaming sleep?’
7. ‘Have you ever experienced family/friends conflicts due to too much gaming?’
8. ‘Have you ever experienced insomnia after playing games?’
9. ‘Have you ever experienced nightmares after playing games?’
10. ‘What are the main issues you face if you play games for too long?’
11. ‘Do you expect the amount of hours gaming per day to increase because of lockdown measures?’.

To determine the amount of sleep that is recommended by experts, GamblingDeals sourced data
from SleepFoundation.org and then multiplied this sum by 365 to determine the recommended hours of sleep you
should be getting on average each year.

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Featured image of a gamer courtesy of and thanks to Florian Olivo (@_rxspawn on Unsplash.

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