Are You a Sleep Procrastinator?


Last night, I probably could have gone to bed at 10 p.m. But I wanted to write a blog post…and get a couple of things done for work…and watch an episode of Orange is the New Black…and then watch another episode. Chances are, you can relate: Half of the people in a recent study said they suffer from sleep procrastination, or “failing to go to bed at the intended time, while no external circumstances prevent a person from doing so,” according to a recent study conducted by Dutch researchers.

I know it’s a little ironic writing about this at 10:30 at night, but I thought it was important to talk about how incredibly hard it is not to push back bedtime when you feel like there’s constantly so much to accomplish. Right now, for example, I really feel like I need to e-mail the company that manages my apartment building, pay my electric bill, text my friend who I’m visiting this weekend—and I’m also in the middle of baking cookies for a co-worker’s last day tomorrow. In other words, it’s not just a lack of self-control that’s the problem—despite what the researchers are suggesting. A lot of people, myself included, have so much they want and plan to do each day—so it’s hard to know when to say when and save the rest for tomorrow so you can get an adequate amount of sleep.

I also sabotage myself at other times, planning early workouts for myself and/or booking things every night of the week—whereas if I gave myself the night or morning off a few times a week, I would be able to sleep later or check off some of those little things on my to-do list (including unwinding by watching Netflix with my boyfriend) earlier.

Are you a sleep procrastinator? And do you have any tactics to make sure you get enough shuteye (rather than staying up late doing things that you could easily put on hold until tomorrow)? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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