FOX 5 - Now that more than 60 percent of American households have access to a video streaming service, binge- watching has become almost a national past time.
You have probably been there: you start watching your favorite TV show, and then you can’t stop.
WebMD Chief Medical Editor Dr. Hansa Bhargava says she’s been caught in the sticky web of binge-watching.
But a new research finds binge-watching may hurt us when we try to go to sleep.
The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, involved 420 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, who binge-watch to varying degrees.
40percent said they binge-watched once in the last month.
About 28 percent report watching back-to-back episodes a few times a month.
About 14 percent do it several times a week.
And 7 percent of the volunteers told researchers they binge-watched almost on a daily basis.
“What they found is the more likely you are to binge watch, the more issues you have with sleep arousal, insomnia and, of course, focus and feeling tired the next day.”
More than 70 percent of the study participants said they did not set out to binge-watch, they just fell into it.