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Gamers need to boost immunity
Stereotypes persist that video gamers are lazy stoners who don’t value health and spend all night slouched on the couch chugging energy drinks, pizza, and pills. Nothing could be further from the truth as wellness spreads through gaming culture and eSports players share similar values with traditional athletes.
Just as physical competition brings specific challenges, deficits and suffering, modern video gaming also comes with health issues and stresses. At least with physical athletes, their overall immunity is high due to the stress-reducing benefits of intense exercise. Video gamers are at a disadvantage, as their efforts don’t allow the physical stress release vital for optimal health.
Health risks for gamers that suppress the immune system:
- Overexposure to blue light
Playing through the night, or right before bedtime and exposing themselves to excessive amounts of artificial blue light from screens gamers have increased trouble falling asleep, let alone staying asleep and getting vital rest.
- Delayed circadian rhythm
Gamers spend long hours studying screens which can have a huge effect on their body clock, while negatively affecting the production of melatonin, an essential hormone for sleep.
- Sedentary lifestyle
Lack of physical activity is in the top 10 leading causes of death and disease, according to the WHO. While full-body, interactive sports gaming is fine, most gamers spend too long sitting down staring at screens, putting them at higher risk of chronic health conditions, obesity and thrombosis.
- Mental exhaustion
Many games are designed to take up vast quantities of your time and spoil your senses while doing so. Your mind is occupied and your brain engaged, so with fast-paced action, captivating environments and creative storylines, it’s natural that your focus, performance, and reaction times will decline over time.
- Heightened senses
Studies have shown that gaming can enhance “attentional capacity” allowing for improved decision making. Resistance to distraction may be positive when gaming, however, the ensuing heightened awareness and mental state can disrupt sleep patterns, energy and health.
- Gamer’s thumb
You execute hundreds of hand movements every minute while gaming, stressing your fingers and thumbs, knuckles, and wrist. This repetitive stress can cause inflammation in the tendons.