You check your clock and suddenly its 1 in the morning. Where did all the time go? You were having so much fun.
Now, usually you would fall asleep there and then, but some people stay up even later than this because they don’t want the next day to begin. This is called ‘Revenge Bedtime Procrastination’ and it is more commonplace than you think.
Typically, you would see revenge bedtime procrastination happen in women and students. This is because some people are so busy during the day, that they won’t have any free time for themselves and they decide to have their free time when they should be asleep. People that also procrastinate during the day, are far more likely to stay up later.
According to the BBC, companies in China have adopted a controversial, but popular ‘996’ work schedule, meaning that workers will work from 9 in the morning, until 9 in the evening, up to 6 days a week.
The term of ‘revenge bedtime procrastination’ has derived from the youth of China who are worked to their limits under the 996 work schedule.
If you’re in this position, though, what can you do to make your sleeping pattern better?
A Few Tips
- Try to stop using your electronic devices an hour before you go to sleep at a normal time. Try to read a book, or do something that isn’t utilizing a screen or shining artificial light on your face.
- Create a routine around your sleep schedule. You should be getting around 8 hours of sleep on average a day, but sometimes some people need more or less sleep, depending on their age etc.
- Try not to drink caffeine or alcohol late in the day.
- Make your bedroom look inviting. Seeing your bedroom messy will not make you want to sleep in it. Let’s face it.
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