The later half of the past decade has seen improvements in the application of video games in society. Websites like, for example, have created a series of specially designed online video games that improve memory, spacial perception, learning, and other vital cognitive skills. Video games are known to have physiological affects on the person playing the game, however. Such effects include increased heart rate, blood pressure, and alertness. This has led researchers to investigate the affect that late-night video gaming has on video game enthusiasts, particularly young children and teenagers. Australian researchers at Flinders University have released the results of one such study, indicating that children who play video games right before bedtime may suffer with sleeping difficulties. This may lead to other health issues, since teenagers need a substantial amount of sleep to support normal and health development. Parents: Learn more about this study in this article.