Many men prioritize playing video games, drinking over a good sleep

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A new survey finds that the majority of men say they often sacrifice a good night’s sleep to spend more time playing video games and drinking alcohol. Attractive Images / Getty Images
  • A new study finds that men often prioritize other activities such as video games or drinking over sleep.
  • Playing video games late at night and drinking alcohol can lead to problems falling asleep and staying asleep.
  • Lack of sleep is linked to some of the killer diseases for men, including cancer, heart disease, and accidents.
  • Sleep experts say it’s important to practice good sleep habits so that you get the right amount of rest.

June is Men’s Health Month, a time when health organizations across the country focus on encouraging healthy behaviors in men and boys.

Educational efforts often focus on how men can improve their health outcomes through things like diet, exercise, and preventative care.

However, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, one area that often gets neglected is sleep.

The organization’s 2022 Sleep Priorities Survey – which included 1,00 adult men – found that they often put other activities ahead of getting a good night’s sleep.

In fact, 75 percent of men surveyed reported losing sleep in order to play video games.

Additionally, 62 percent of them said they stayed up past their bedtime drinking alcohol.

Sleep is important because it allows the body and mind to recharge, said AASM spokesperson Dr. Imran Sheikh, a member of the AASM’s Advisory Committee on Public Awareness and a sleep specialist in Quincy, Illinois.

“Those who consistently get less than the recommended amount of healthy sleep can suffer from decreased cognitive and motor performance and be at risk of many health problems, from cardiovascular disease and diabetes to obesity,” Sheikh explained. For adults, he added, the recommendation is to get at least seven hours.

according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American men die, on average, about five years earlier than women. Additionally, they tend to die at higher rates from certain conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, and accidental injuries.

Sleep can play an important role in preventing cancer. Disruptions in our circadian rhythm, the biological clock that tells us when to sleep and when to wake up, can increase the risk of some cancers, including colon, breast and prostate cancer.

Sleep deprivation and interrupted sleep are also associated with related issues Cardiovascular healthSuch as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes.

Finally, sleep deprivation and daytime fatigue are associated with an increased risk of accidental injury or death.

sleepy people 70 percent more likely Exposure to accidents in the workplace.

They found that they were 2.9 times more likely to be involved in a car accident.

Playing video games and drinking alcohol can be a problem when it comes to getting to sleep and sleeping well, said Lourdes DelRosso, MD, associate professor of neuroscience at the University of Washington.

“First, video games can be very stimulating, cause a state of mental agitation and increase alertness, and counteract the effects of drowsiness or drowsiness,” she said. So they can extend the time it takes to fall asleep just by getting into bed.

“Secondly, there can be a feeling of ‘lost time’ and video games can be prolonged into the late hours of the night or the early hours of the morning,” she said.

DelRosso also noted that the light from the screen can suppress melatonin production, making it take longer to fall asleep.

melatonin It is a hormone produced when our eyes are exposed to darkness. It tells our bodies that it is time to sleep. If suppressed by exposure to light, insomnia begins.

DelRosso acknowledged that it might be tempting to think that drinking alcohol at bedtime might be a good solution, but that it may backfire on you.

“With alcohol metabolism, during the second half of the night, sleep can be disturbed, fragmented, and revert to REM sleep, a phase during which we dream or have nightmares,” she explained.

She added that alcohol can also reduce muscle tension, which can cause you to snore or snore Sleep ApneaA condition in which the airway closes during sleep, resulting in low oxygen levels.

This condition may lead to excessive sleepiness the next day. It is also associated with health problems such as depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and accidents.

In addition to avoiding alcohol at bedtime, it’s a good idea to avoid coffee during the afternoon and evening, said Cristiano Guarana, PhD, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business. Both can interfere with your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

You should also develop the habit of going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. This is important, he said, because we have a body clock that expects a regular schedule.

According to Guarana, it is also good to sleep in a cool room. Our body temperature should drop by about two degrees Fahrenheit when we sleep.

“That’s why it’s usually easier to fall asleep and keep sleeping in a slightly cooler room than in a warm room,” he said.

Guarana suggested that 65 degrees Fahrenheit is the sweet spot most likely to help you sleep well.

Guarana also emphasized the importance of avoiding blue light from screens for at least one hour before bedtime so that melatonin can regulate our sleep timing. Basically, we are a society deprived of darkness. We need it dark before we go to bed.”

Finally, Guarana said that if you’re having trouble falling asleep, you should get up and not come back until you feel sleepy.

Make it clear that you don’t want to allow your brain to associate being in bed with being awake, which can make falling asleep more difficult. He said, “Go back to bed when you feel tired, so you can break that bond.”

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