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Better Sleep Month: SleepRate Survey Shows 82% of Binge-Watchers Stay Up Late

77% Feel Tired the Next Day; Breaking Bad is Biggest Offender 2014-04-29 00:31:08
Palo Alto, Calif.—April 28, 2014 – SleepRate, a company that helps people sleep better to improve their quality of life, today released the results of a new survey that found 82% of those who binge-watch (or watch multiple TV episodes or movies in one sitting) stay up later than usual to do so.

The survey also found that 77% of those who stay up late admit feeling tired the next day, with:

• 82% of students claiming this affected schoolwork
• 46% of workers reporting this affected job performance
• 44% admitting this negatively impacted a relationship
• 23% of parents confessing this hurt their ability to parent

According to survey participants, the programs that are binge-watched the most often are (in order of popularity):

• Breaking Bad #1
• House of Cards #2
• Game of Thrones #3
• The Office #4
• Lost, Dexter, 30 Rock (tied) #5

Most sleep-deprived survey participants (55%) say a night of binge-watching has claimed—at most—2 to 3 hours worth of sleep. 18% report a maximum loss of 4 to 5 hours, 9% say 6 to 7 hours, and 8% admit losing 8 or more hours of sleep in a single night.

All told, 72% of subscribers to such video streaming services as Netflix, Blip, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and admit binge-watching their favorite TV program. At 68%, one-hour scripted TV programs are the most popular binge-watching genres over movies (14%) and sitcoms (10%). At 1% each, sports, reality TV and news barely registered.

The most popular binge-watching platforms are:

• Computer: 41%
• TV with streaming video player: 37%
• Tablet: 11%
• Smartphone: 3%

93% of the video streaming 18-29 year-olds surveyed have binge-watched their favorite programs on at least one occasion compared to 63% of 30-44 year-olds, 57% of 45-60 year-olds, and 59% of those over 60.

“We surveyed users of streaming video services and found not only are the majority of them binge-watching, but it’s causing them to lose many precious hours of sleep, which in turn has affected how they’re able to manage the next day’s work, school, relationship and even parental obligations,” said SleepRate CEO Uli Gal-Oz. “While TV and movies can offer up some much-needed relaxation after a long day, people need to know that binge-watching can impact their lives in surprisingly devastating ways.”

More than 200 US residents (18 years-old or older) that use a streaming video service participated in the SleepRate: Impact of Binge-Watching on Sleep Survey, conducted online during the month of April, 2014.

About SleepRate
Based in Palo Alto, California and Petach Tikva, Israel, SleepRate uses a smartphone and a heart rate monitor to accurately assess sleep issues, and offers an individualized sleep improvement plan, based on the Stanford University's CBTI protocols. This unique approach offers a level of insight, not currently available, in identifying the root causes of sleep issues and helping improve sleep. SleepRate currently offers the only solution that combines sleep analysis with steps to resolve sleep problems. The company has been founded and is led by leading experts in sleep medicine.

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