A study has used sleep tracking devices and mood measures (anxiety and depression) to determine how well esports athletes around the world sleep, and the effect this has on their mental health and wellbeing.
Preliminary results have shown that esports athletes are not getting the sleep (7-9hrs p/night for young adults aged 18-25) needed to best support optimal mental health and performance.
Daniel Bonnar says innovative esports organisations around the world are now starting to actively look at how they could better support the health needs of their players, with sleep being a part of that.
“Global esports giant Gen.G from South Korea, and Perth-based Ground Zero were the first two teams to sign up to our project, which really demonstrated their commitment to promoting player wellness and performance” says Mr Bonnar.
“The benefit of working with esports organisations from different countries is that it allows us to develop a global view of the sleep habits of esports athletes.”
“From the data we’ve collected so far, we can see a trend that many esports athletes obtain less than 7hrs of sleep p/night, have a tendency to want to sleep and wake very late, with mood impacted as a result in some players”, says Professor Michael Gradisar.
“Although these late sleeping patterns might be ok for some players, for others it could be an issue with conflicting daytime commitments encroaching on their sleep schedule”.