July 6, 2018
The term “binge-watching” has become universal ever since streaming services began releasing entire seasons of popular television shows all at once. Whether you’re gearing up for the new season of Orange is the New Black or you’re waiting for your favorite movie to be released for instant viewing, you shouldn’t ignore how the habit can affect existing sleep apnea.
With Netflix reaching close to 118 million subscribers, there’s no more important time than now to address how binge-watching can exacerbate the symptoms of untreated sleep apnea in Carrollton.
Important Stats on Streaming
Before we talk about sleep apnea, people should be aware that the act of binge-watching is no uncommon phenomenon. Far fewer people are viewing live television in the past year, as reported by Nielsen’s ratings. In October of 2017, the percentage of viewers 18 to 49 fell to 25.5 percent, 8 points down from the same time last year.
According to a survey performed by Deloitte, a digital auditing service, binge-watching is the trend for many Americans. About 73 percent of Americans say they binge-watched, including 90 percent of millennials. Furthermore, 38 percent of millennials say they binge-watched in the past week. Based on a survey conducted by Netflix, 73 percent of people defined binge-watching as viewing between two and six episodes of the same TV show in one sitting.
For these reasons, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is stepping up to help those consume media responsibly, without the worry of endangering your health.
How Binge-Watching Affects Sleep Apnea Symptoms
People who binge-watch regularly are far more likely to lose track of time as they watch. If they don’t put limits on their viewing time, their sleep schedule will begin to suffer. The AASM recommends patients achieve at least seven hours or more of sleep per night. Failing to manage this schedule will result in insufficient sleep and therefore numerous health consequences, including:
- Worse performances at work and school
- Increased irritability
- Deteriorating cognitive abilities
- Higher risk of workplace accidents or traffic collisions caused by excessive fatigue
Do You Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea?
Keep in mind that if you’ve already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, binge-watching will only make your symptoms worse. If you’re experiencing any of the following, staying up late to watch streaming TV will reduce your sleep quality even more. Symptoms include:
- Chronic snoring
- Exhaustion or fatigue
- Waking with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Choking or gasping while asleep
- Difficulty concentrating throughout the day
While managing your binge-watching can prevent these symptoms from worsening, you’ll also want to consider purchasing an oral device for sleep apnea in Carrollton. It could mean the difference between getting home safely to watch your favorite show and suffering from an avoidable accident. Schedule an appointment to learn more!
About the Author
Dr. Henry A. Campbell earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry located in Dallas. He’s also certified to treat sleep apnea thanks to his efforts towards continuing education. To learn how he can effectively diagnose your possible sleep apnea, contact him through his website.
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