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Scientists say that playing games before bed can be bad for your sleep habits. What are your pre-bedtime rituals?
According to Gamepolitics, a new study by the Sleep Laboratory at Flinders University found that "long periods of game playing before bed time caused significant sleep disruptions in a group of teenage boys." The researchers also reported that people who play 150 minutes of games before bed took 39-minutes on average to fall asleep and had around 27-minutes of sleep loss throughout the night.
Personally, I used to play games before bed all of the time without any seeming adverse effects. But the older I get the more I want to read before bed. I think it does help me sleep. Does anyone know if there is a cream or gel or something that would help me game before bed? What are your gaming habits before bed? Do you think playing games effects your sleep cycle?
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In the past no. But I have these last few nights, and its taken me a good hour plus of lying in bed to fall asleep.
To be honest I always stop an hour before bed. That hour is used for listening to music or reading a book. I know if I play a game right before the bed I won't stop thinking about the game and then I can't sleep.
Eeeeeeyup, it sometimes takes me an hour or so to fall asleep.
I don't usually like to game before bed, but it's really the only time that I can. I'm only a full time college student with a part time job, so I can only imagine my schedule as I get older. If before bed is the only time that I can game, then so be it! I'll game before bed!
Often times, right before bed is the only time I have to play. Even on the days when I play a lot, it's typically the last thing I do before sleeping. I think I sleep better doing it then not doing it, which probably isn't a good sign... but whatever.
i do what ever before i go to sleep or just fall asleep to supernatural since its lame as hell now
Sometimes I play until I start falling asleep with the controller in my hands. I remember playing Assassin's Creed II one night, I started fee running from one end of the city, nodded off, then I was already at the other end and still running when I woke up.