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what is bedtime procrastination ?

what is bedtime procrastination ?

it describes the decision to sacrifice sleep for leisure time that is driven by a daily schedule lacking in free time .

for people in high-stress jobs that take up the bulk of their day , bedtime procrastination is a way to find a few hours of entertainment even though it results in insufficient sleep .

although bedtime procrastination can be tempting in the moment , late nights followed by early mornings can directly lead to serious sleep deprivation .

cutting back on sleep can have significant negative effects on mental , physical , and emotional health with short and long-term consequences .


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what should you do ?

understanding sleep procrastination , including its symptoms , causes , and consequences can help you recognize when you’re engaging in it .

then , you can take steps to prevent bedtime procrastination from leading to insufficient sleep .


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what behaviours are associated w bedtime procrastination ?

what behaviours are associated w bedtime procrastination ?

-a delay in going to sleep that reduces one’s total sleep time

-the absence of a valid reason for staying up later than intended , such as an external event or an underlying illness

-an awareness that delaying one’s bedtime could lead to negative consequences


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problems with bedtime procrastination

problems with bedtime procrastination

bedtime procrastination behaviours reflect procrastination in other contexts . procrastinating on sleep doesn’t usually generate negative associations like those other obligations , however . instead , sleep may be curtailed in favor of activities that offer more immediate enjoyment such as watching tv , or playing video games


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different forms of bedtime procrastination

different forms of bedtime procrastination

bedtime procrastination can take different forms . one form involves delaying the act of getting into bed . another is delaying the time of trying to fall asleep once in bed , a problem that has been associated with rising rates of electronic device use in bed .

a person may engage in one or both forms of bedtime procrastination, each of which can reduce nightly sleep.


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prevent sleep procrastination

prevent sleep procrastination

the best remedy for bedtime procrastination is healthy sleep hygiene , which involves creating good sleep habits and an environment conducive to sleep . bear in mind that it will take more than one night’s sleep to truly get into good sleep habits :

-keeping a consistent bedtime and wake-up time , including on non-working days

-avoiding alcohol or caffeine late in the afternoon or evening

-stopping the use of electronic devices , including cell phones and tablets , for at least half-an-hour , and ideally longer , before bed

-developing a stable routine to use every night to prepare for bed


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if you find that your sleep problems are ongoing or causing notable daytime sleepiness , talk with a doctor who can review your sleep habits , determine if you are affected by a sleep disorder , and create a plan to help you get better rest


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