Video Games and Sleep: Preliminary Study

By Peter Chubb - Apr 16, 2010

Whenever you hear that playing too much video games will affect how you sleep, a preliminary study proves that this is not the case. The report suggests that if a male teenager plays on his games console before he goes to bed, it will only have a mild effect on how long it takes him to go to sleep.

It was first thought that playing a game such as Call of Duty would cause so much stimulation that you will have problems sleeping. According to the BBC News, researchers at Flinders University based in Adelaide, Australia took 13 males aged 14 to 18 with no previous sleeping problems.

One-night researches got them to play Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for 50 minutes, the second night they watched March of the Penguins. The study showed that three of the males fell asleep while watching the movie – none did while playing the game.

We are not certain why these studies are ever taken out, it just seems like a waste of money to me.

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