Are you a sleep procrastinator? Are you tired because you had to get up too early and didn’t get enough sleep, or because you went to bed too late?
Bedtime procrastination is a modern phenomenon causing sleep deprivation and is defined as “failing to go to bed at the intended time, while no external circumstances prevent a person from doing so.”
Bedtime procrastinators put off sleep not because they want to stay up later, but because they don’t want to stop what they are doing that was keeping them up in the first place, with the main culprit being electronic devices such as TVs, iPads, computers and mobile phones.
Recent research shows that bedtime procrastination affects not only the ability to sleep but also a person’s general health and well-being. Sleep deprivation from procrastination can sometimes have similar consequences as sleep apnea, but unlike sleep apnea, it is not a medical condition that needs to be treated. Although not being able to sleep can be a symptom of other conditions, such as insomnia, or situational, such as children disrupting normal sleep patterns, sleep procrastination is becoming a much more common cause.
The solutions for bedtime procrastination can be surprisingly simple, going back to the basics:
- Have a consistent sleep schedule not just during the week, but on weekends too
- Turn off your electronics and start to relax with an hour or more before going to bed
- Sleep in a place that’s dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
- Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before the time you want to fall asleep
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol products close to bedtime
Improving sleep behavior and getting sufficient sleep is essential for well-being. Sleep well, be well.
If you are experiencing any sleep deprivation or not being able to sleep, please let us know, we are happy to answer your questions.