With Cyber Monday right around the corner, we thought it would be nice to explore the topic of gaming.  

What Makes a Great Gamer?

There are many qualities that make people great gamers.  Intelligence is one of those characteristics along with creativity, curiosity and problem-solving skills.  However, there is something that can increase the chances of long term success in gaming and that is listening to your body.  

Since gaming is a skill that requires mental alertness and sharpness, which all start in your brain, there are a few things you need to make sure you are doing, so you don’t sabotage yourself and your game.  Just like in survival games, you need to make sure you’re taking care of your health in real life to survive and thrive in your game.

Successful gaming is healthy gaming.  Making sure you are taking care of your body’s needs while gaming will help you play a better game and help you sustain the sometimes long hours needed to complete it.  

Science has shown that playing videogames can make you less aware of your bodily functions.  You can actually get dehydrated because you don’t feel thirsty or forget to eat when you’re so caught up in a game and can’t stop playing.  Some games can take hours and you may not even feel tired; your body can be so aroused by the game making you become unaware of your fatigue.

Before you become unaware, take steps while you are aware.

  

Tips to Help You Play Better  

Before you take a seat in your gaming chair, make sure you’ve done these 3 things (to prevent any fatigue, thirst or hunger)

  • Use the bathroom:  There’s nothing like needing to go when you’re in the thick of your game.  
  • Have a water bottle handy: Water is the best thirst quencher and will keep your body hydrated without the extra calories you would get from sodas and energy drinks. 
  • Have some easy ready-to-eat snacks handy: these will give you the energy you need to keep going.  Choose multi-grain snacks with complex carbohydrates rather than potato chips and simple carbs that will spike your body’s sugar level and provoke a sugar crash.

As a matter of fact, many gamers like to drink energy drinks while gaming to get the arousing properties of caffeine and sugar into their bloodstreams so they can remain alert especially when gaming late into the night.  

 

What to Avoid in gaming

The buzz gamers get from energy drinks can be mainly attributable to the large amount of sugar there is in each can of juice.  Energy drinks actually have an average of 14 teaspoons in every can!  Even though you are burning energy while gaming, drinking this stuff can seriously affect your body in a negative way.  

First off, you may feel the effects of a sugar crash, which occurs when your body has a higher intake of sugar than you’re used to, and since energy drinks are so high in sugar, if you keep drinking this stuff while gaming you are putting yourself at risk of feeling hungry, irritable and fatigued, all things that can be seriously devastating to your game.  

Actually, you can even feel sick and have headaches and nausea, shakiness and dizziness.  Sweet drinks like energy drinks can also make you gain weight, even if you’re not eating a ton.  The reason is that sugar actually turns to fat when the energy it provides is not being consumed right away, and as much as it may feel like you’re burning a ton of energy while gaming, that is not entirely true.

 

Gaming and Snus

You’ll be happy to hear that nicotine pouches and snus can actually help you stay alert, focused and have the adrenaline and energy you need without having to leave your gaming station. 

Gaming and nicotine have similar effects on the brain.  They both cause an increase in dopamine levels in the brain and can help you relax and unwind after a stressful day at school or at work.   Gaming as well as nicotine can arouse alertness and stimulate mental sharpness.

If you’re a smoker, taking snus or nicotine pouches while gaming is easy and requires almost no effort on your part other than popping the portion under your lip.  Unlike smoking, there is no need to light up and you can keep both your hands free to handle your joystick and even drink while you snus. 

By using snus instead of smoking, you get the jolt of energy and focus you need by getting your nicotine fix all the while also staying hydrated.  If you prefer having something flavorful like an energy drink, you’ll be happy to know that there are nicotine pouches flavored with energy drink flavor and many other flavorful alternatives to the sugary drink.  

Nicotine pouches come in many different flavors and strengths and although they taste great, unlike energy drinks, they are calorie free since they are sweetened with artificial sweeteners and contain no sugar at all. 

Killa 13 All White is one such nicotine pouch.  It has an energy drink flavor similar to “Red Bull” and will give you an extremely strong and long lasting nicotine kick, thanks to its white portion and high nicotine content.

Snus and nicotine pouches can not only up your game by giving you what you need to sustain it, but can also help you relax afterwards.  Just like a cigarette, snus and nicotine pouches can have the desired effect at different times of the day and taking a snus after a long stretch of gaming can really help you unwind and relax.

If you’re not already snusing while gaming, now is the time to give it a try and see what you’ve been missing.  You can also take advantage of some great deals on snus and nicotine pouches with Snusline’s Cyber Monday Mega Sale!

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