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All That TV Binge-Watching May Be Hurting Your Sleep

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All that binge-watching of Breaking Bad might be taking a toll on your sleep.

The results of a small new survey show that 82 percent of people who admit to binge-watching (watching multiple TV episodes or movies in one sitting) end up staying up later than usual because of their screentime.

The survey was small -- with around 200 respondents -- so it's hard to say how much the results apply to the general population. But still, it's no surprise that many people get screentime right before bed, and that screentime can affect sleep.

For instance, a 2011 National Sleep Foundation poll showed that 95 percent of people use some sort of electronic device (including TV, cell phones and computers) in the hour before bed several nights a week, and two-thirds of 30-to-64-year-olds watch TV in the hour before going to bed, HealthDay reported. And in another study presented at the 2009 SLEEP meeting, TV watching before bedtime seemed to be the single most important factor in what time a person ends up going to sleep. Using technology before bed has also been associated with higher stress levels, LiveScience reported.

The new survey was conducted by SleepRate, a service that uses a smartphone and a heart rate monitor to address sleep issues. The survey showed that 77 percent of people who said they stayed up late to binge-watch shows felt tired the next day.

The most common shows for binge watching? Breaking Bad came in No. 1, followed by House of Cards, Game of Thrones and The Office, according to the survey.

As for the toll of nighttime binge-watching on sleep, more than half -- 55 percent -- say that it's claimed up to two to three hours of sleep. Meanwhile, 18 percent said it's claimed up to four to five hours of sleep, 9 percent say it's claimed six to seven hours of sleep and 8 percent said they've lost eight or more hours of sleep a night.