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The Gamer Parent

I’m a gamer. There’s no doubt about that. But I have kids. You know what that means? That means I balance time between work, family, and games(Plus this blog). This isn’t easy. But there is a good way to do this and a proper way to balance it.

Tip 1: Wait for the kids to go to bed. This is probably one of the most effective ways to balance the time. This way, you get time to yourself and you don’t have to worry about getting interupted.

Tip 2: Spend time with the kids and your spouse(if you aren’t single). This is important. If you are consistently spending time with your family, and helping out around the house the likely hood of them having an issue with you playing is likely to be reduced. I highly encourage this.

Tip 3: Fairness. Do I need to explain? So there was a point in my life were I would play games all day and most of the night. I wouldn’t stop and would rarely lift a finger to help someone with something becuase I was always in the middle of something. But it should be fair. Your spouse, or whoever is watching the kid needs a chance to relax and have time to themselves. Parenting is not a one way thing if your married, and shouldn’t be that way.

Tip 4: If you are going to play while watching your kid…Play something you can pause or is low impact and won’t be affected by constraints. AKA Crafting if your playing an MMO.

This is my current list of tips for being a parent and gaming. If you have other tips to share please comment below. Thanks for reading, have a nice day guys.


Do Gamers Get Enough Sleep?

Do core gamers get enough sleep? I asked myself that around 1:00 Oclock in the morning over the course of the past couple of days. The answer…Absolutely not. I wake up every morning at 6:00 AM get ready and play Diablo 3, leave for work at 7:30 AM. Get home around 5:00 PM, take care of a couple of errands. Start playing again around 6:00 PM. From 6:00PM – 1:00 AM I am playing games. Head to bed around 1:00 after changing the babies diaper, and repeat the process.

So this looks like the scattered life of a game addict. I try to balance this as well as spend time with my family and god forbid, eat. Yea, I do eventually need sustinance. So we all know that sleep deprivation is bad, but how bad is it and is it worth spend that extra 3 hours on a raid. Lets see.

10 Effects of Sleep Deprivation: Found from Web MD: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss

1. Sleepiness Causes Accidents

Sleepiness causes accidents.  This comes to me as no surprise.  That woozy feeling you get when you are overly tired.  That’s bad!  For example, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigue is a cause in 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S. The problem is greatest among people under 25 years old” -Web MD.  With these kinds of figures one could assume that it was the equivalent of drinking and driving.  This feeling of sleepiness means you need some sleep.

2.  Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down

Sleep loss effects your thinking.  This includes but is not limited to:  Inability to focus, reason, problem solve, reduces reaction times, etc.  This means what?  If you keep losing on that raid or dungeon and can’t progress maybe you should just go to sleep.  Staying up and exhausting yourself does not make you better, it actually makes these long raids more difficult.  From a gamers point of view.  This is the worst.  Sleep loss destroys performance.  Get some sleep you late night raid monsters.

3.  Serious Health Issues

Health issues like:  Heart Disease, Heart attack, Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Diabetes.  These are the ones that have been listed but I have even heard of some gamers suffering from Kidney Failure and Coma.  Yes, this does happen.  Lack of sleep will destroy you both physically and psychologically.

4.  Kills Sex Drive

All of those late night raids on WoW destroyed you physically.  Well guess what, you probably aren’t gettin any.  Not that you wanted it with how exhausted you are.

5.  Sleepiness is Depressing

If you are sleeping less than six hours of sleep every night than you are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.  Both of which can severely impact your daily life, and social life.  Don’t be a victim of this.  Get out of the rut, wake up and go to bed.  It’s optimal to get 7-8 hours of sleep.  6 is a minimum.

6.  Lack of Sleep Ages your…Skin

Seriously, if you don’t sleep you start to look older.  When you don’t get enough sleep your body produces Cortisol which breaks down the proteins that make your skin smooth and beautiful.  The lack of sleep also causes the body to produce too little hormone required for growth.  It actually can stunt growth.  So be careful when kids are staying up late, if they are waking up early it can effect their growth.

7.  Sleepiness makes you forget

You may not believe it, but I forget either way.  My wife believes that I am the forget master.  But being tired does encourage the memory loss master.  You are more likely to forget about things if you are tired.  Getting sleep and eating a healthy breakfast will improve your ability to think and remember.

8.  Losing sleep can make you fat

The reasoning for this is due to an increase in appetite.  When we don’t sleep much we have a tendency to eat more.  This applies to those who have slept less than 6 hours.  This is followed by a craving for high-fat, high-carbohydate foods.  Some believe that good sleep should be a standard part of weight loss programs.

9.  Doubles the risk of death

Nuff said.  I don’t think there is much more I can say about this.  Other than, remember all those things I told you earlier.  Everything is more likely to kill you while you are tired.  Sleep!  Please.

10.  Sleep loss impairs judgement about when we should sleep

This happens to me when I stay up too late.  You want to sleep but feel like you can’t sleep.  This is problematic.  You need to sleep so you can sleep.  Simple as that.

So what we learn today is that sleep plays a big role in our life.  I’m going to test myself and I’m going to start focusing on getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep from this point on.  I will begin posting weekly updates on my health and how I have started feeling since getting good nights sleep.
If you have any comments or questions please comment below.  I would love to hear your thoughts, and opinions.

Don’t Forget The Family

This is directed towards all of those with family’s that have this addiction called “Gaming”. Lets face it, for those gamers out there we all do it. We have trouble not playing when the opportunity strikes us. We have a passion for games, art and music. Hey, games are art. It’s a combination of acting, pictures, music. No different from a movie other than the simple fact that we control the choices and exact actions our character make.

But we still have to take the time to remember that we have family. Whether this is our parents, wives, children, grandparents, or even friends. We need to remember to spend time with them as well. They need our attention just as much as we need their. Physical interaction with others not only lets them know that we love them, but lets them know that we know they love us back. I’m not a psychologist but I have experienced a lot firsthand that could have been prevented had I set aside some time to spend with my family.

Here are some tips that I came up with:

#1 If you are planning on doing a raid, or a dungeon let your family know that you will be running a dungeon at this time on this night and you can’t pause, or be interupted. Make sure that they are ok with this, and they understand that this time is yours.

#2 If you are with family in conversation, or watching a child while gaming. Don’t start dungeons or raids. Try to play a game that you can pause, and avoid online play during these moments. You want to make sure your family knows you can interact with them immediately if the need arrises.

#3 Side asside some family time throughout the week. Maybe 1-2 nights a week that you will not play games and will spend with them. Plan on watching a movie with them. Make some popcorn, drip some butter on it and sit on the couch with them and enjoy a good time with a movie (Even though we know you’ll be thinking about running that dungeon the whole time).

#4 Be considerate of others. I think this is the most important thing. If your games are getting in the way of others, and disturbing their daily norm than they should be there. It’s alright to play your games on the TV, I think that’s fine. But when you take your computer and post it in the middle of the front room and expect everyone to walk around you that goes a bit far. Not only does this interupt the family room, it just seems rather rude.

#5 If your married with Children please give your wife a break. My wife spends most of the day at home watching our little ones. When I come home I’m exhausted. My wife understand that I’m tired and that I need a little break when I get home. But this does not mean that I should just jump on my games and start my dungeons. She needs a break too, and shouldn’t you spend time with your kids anyway. So don’t refrain from letting her take a shower, and relax for a little bit while you spend time with the kids. Plus, she will probably be more receptive to letting you have your own time.

#6 Make sure she knows you still love her. She is the love of your life right? Show her that. Still make the effort to take her out from time to time. Maybe you can make dinner this time. These things are very important and will help with strengthening the relationship.

These are the six tips that I like to use in my own life. I’m not always the master at applying them, however I do my best. My family knows this. If your having trouble please feel free to drop a comment. It’s good to see what others have done as well.