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E-athletes get less than seven hours of sleep per night

23 January 2020

A multinational team of sleep researchers found that e-athletes are getting less than seven hours of sleep per night, which is reportedly less than the recommended amount.

To monitor e-sports athletes, or e-athletes, the team used sleep tracking devices and mood measurement to determine how well e-athletes sleep and how it affects their mental health and general well-being.

The results show that e-athletes are not getting enough sleep, with most reporting that they slept seven hours or less every night. Optimal sleep for a person aged 18 to 25 is seven to nine hours. E-athletes also reported that they tend to go to sleep late and wake up late. While this may work for some players, it has a negative effect on those with daytime responsibilities. Some players also reported experiencing mood changes due to lack of sleep.

The next phase of the study will look at improving a player’s sleep with sleep interventions designed to address each participants’ specific sleep needs.

E-sports have become increasingly popular in the last few years, but there is a lack of research around the health needs of e-athletes. As such, e-sports organizations from all over the world are starting to look at how to improve support for players' health.

The study was published in Sleep Medicine Research.

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