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Gaming vs. Sleep

Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid having put a guard to sleep.

There simply aren’t enough waking hours in the day for everything. Unless, y’know, you make more waking hours. Sleep is for the weak, after all.

I’d be interested in knowing how many grown-up gamers sacrifice sleep to get game time in.

As a teenager it was a no brainer; you’re 5 hours into a gaming session, you want to keep playing, what’s going to happen? There’s no job to fire you or wife to leave you.  At worst, you’ll struggle to concentrate in science.

WHO NEEDS SCIENCE?! GAME ON!!

As an adult, things are different for a lot of us. Some of us have partners, children, a job, or a pet dog named Frank who demands a walk at 5:30 AM every single day. As we grow up, we all have different responsibilities, and they eat into our free time and take away from our hobbies, such as gardening, or being a gang kingpin online in Los Santos.

Something has to give, so it may as well be sleep, right?

So, it’s 10 PM; you have to be up for work at 6 AM, your 8 hours of sleep should start now…but the urge to game kicks it. It’s too strong to resist. “Just an hour,” you tell yourself as you grab the controller and suddenly you’re into the early hours of the morning.

You know you’ll regret it the next day, but it’s too late.

Sure enough, the next day comes, and you feel like death, cursing Yesterday You for putting Now You in this situation. Before you know it, you’re sitting in front of your computer screen at work, eyeballs bleeding, head pounding, thinking one thing.

Worth it. Totally worth it.

Now, I’ll admit, I don’t typically do this. I try to get two gaming nights a week where possible; one on Tuesday evening and one on Friday evening. Tuesday tends to run from 8 PM to 10:30 PM, whereas Friday can be an 8PM to 3AM if my eyes stay open long enough.

Personally, I try not to let gaming (or anything, really) affect my sleep to the point where I cannot function, but that’s not to say I’ve never done it. I’ve been guilty of a few sessions running into the early hours knowing full well that my alarm is set for a few hours’ time, but I try to keep those instances few and far between.

So, forsaking sleep for gaming – have you done it? Do you still do it?

What do you think?

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Written by John Santina

I'm a 31-year-old gamer, clinging onto the gamepad despite real life responsibilities trying to pull me kicking and screaming away. I created GrownGaming to meet other adult gamers. Nice to meet you.

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