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Quell the rebellion against your inner tyrant

According to psychologist Daniel Kahneman, we have two brain systems: System 1 is our automatic, reactive brain. System 2 is our metacognitive brain that we use to reason, analyze and manage our decision. The trick is to move the bedtime decision from System 1 to System 2.

  • Consider how you might be sabotaging your sleep.
  • Then, set a realistic and sensible bedtime.
  • Half an hour prior, tell yourself that you are choosing to go to bed at this time. It may be a way to quiet your inner squalling child.

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MORE IDEAS FROM The Lie We Tell Ourselves About Going to Bed Early

Changing how we view sleep

Insomnia affects between a third and a half of U.S. adults at some point in their lives. Worldwide, 10 to 30 percent of the population experience insomnia, but other studies find it is as high as 60 percent.

We can increase the quality of life if we can change how we think about sleep. Instead of worrying about how we can fall asleep, we need to start considering sleep for its transcendent significance.

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You may feel that sleep is a necessary but boring investment, like eating your vegetables. But sleep is an intrinsic source of wisdom.

Our conventional understanding is that we are conscious when we are awake, not when we are asleep. But when we sleep, we often find solutions to problems that we struggle to solve. Before you retire for the night, try thinking of the life puzzles you want to solve. Then go to sleep and see what you learn from your slumber.

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We all know that sleep improves our well-being, and lack of sleep is harmful. Yet, we don't sleep enough. Common reasons are poor sleep, work, stress, and young children. Another reason is "bedtime procrastination" - when we put off going to bed because we think other things are more important.

A variant of bedtime procrastination is "revenge bedtime procrastination," where people put off sleep as a form of rebellion against their own inner authority - until the morning, when waking up fills us with regret.

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Sleep Procrastination

Though it sounds confusing, sleep procrastination is when we deliberately delay our sleep. It could be to catch another episode of the show we are watching, or scroll through social media, lying on the bed.

We could sleep if we want to, but choose not to and spend precious sleep time on something else instead.

It may seem like an innocent hour of doing nothing in particular, but it can add up and even cause chronic sleep deprivation in some cases.

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Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

It is where you stubbornly stay up late at night because you feel like you didn't get any time to yourself.

You barely had time for dinner and a shower after work. Maybe you watched a few episodes of a show or read a book. Now you're in bed, but you are not ready for sleep. You keep on scrolling because you feel unsatisfied in some way.

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Keep in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle
  • Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day;
  • Avoid sleeping in, even on weekends;
  • Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon;
  • Fight after-dinner drowsiness. If you get sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating.

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