The states where people are pulling the most all-nighters … to stream TV

When you think about all the content out there you can stream it is actually overwhelming. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO GO, and now YouTube. Even SnapChat is getting into the original content streaming game with a new true crime series (though I am holding out for a War & Peace adaptation featuring rainbow puke.) Now it is one thing to take the occasional weekend afternoon to binge a show (especially if a season premiere is coming or the weather is bad) but who is staying up until the wee hours of the morning and going into work super tired because they were streaming in bed?, a sleep data company, looked into it by surveying over 1,300 Americans to find out the ins and outs of streaming in bed.

Believe it or not nearly half (45%) of adults have pulled an all-nighter in the last year to watch a TV show, with men being slightly more likely to do so than women (47% vs. 43%). The guiltiest age group is 25-34-year-olds, of whom just under 50% have stayed up all night to watch TV. However, all adults aged 54 and under are about equally willing to pull an all-nighter for streaming content. Older adults aged 55 and above appear to care more about sleep, with only about a quarter of that demographic giving up sleep for TV.

See many people view binging as an actual sleep-aid. They keep it on as background noise as they drift off to sleep. However, this is not a good sleep. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that one-third of binge-viewers experience poor sleep. Likewise, 35.72% of our survey respondents felt that having access to streaming content contributed to them not getting enough sleep. Also have you ever fallen asleep to an episode of Westworld? You’ll never want to go to sleep again.

As for which states have the most night owls for streaming TV, here is what they found.

The 7 states most likely to have people pull an all-nighter to stream TV

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

As for who is actually using their bed for sleeping (or maybe other things) the survey found this.

The 7 states least likely to pull an all-nighter to stream TV

  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

If you look at the map below it seems that people in the South are all about finishing Handmaid’s Tale in one night than their Northern counterparts.

As for what kind of shows are keeping people up all night it is comedy for the win at 57.96% followed by action and adventure at 42.75% and then drama at 42.61% with documentaries in fourth place at 37.3%. Over 20% said they watch horror content all night. No wonder they can’t sleep!

So which shows are keeping them up all night? I mean if you are going to lose sleep over it, it’s gotta be at least Emmy-nominated.

The TV shows keeping us up all night are …

  1. Orange is the New Black
  2. 13 Reasons Why
  3. Stranger Things
  4. Breaking Bad
  5. Westworld
  6. Walking Dead
  7. Grey’s Anatomy
  8. Supernatural
  9. Handmaid’s Tale
  10. Criminal Minds

OITNB and Stranger Things are no surprise considering their popularity and ubiquitous praise. 13 Reasons Why is also hit and clearly once you find out the first reason you want to spend your night finding out the other 12.

People still love to see those darn doctors bed hopping and since Grey’s has been on for literally 95 seasons, it’s hard to run out of episodes. Same with Supernatural. Handmaid’s Tale is a provocative series as well as a critical darling and though no one can name a cast member of Criminal Minds it is still one of the most popular shows ever.