When schedules get busy, sleep is often the first thing to go.
Bed time procrastinators generally fall into two groups.
Group A: Individuals who really doesn’t feel like they ever have time for themselves. Think full-time working parents, who spend their afternoons taxi-ing kids to after-school activities/ sports then rushing home to cook and clean. All of a sudden, it’s 11p.m. but going to bed and sleeping would feel almost foreign.
Group B Meanwhile the other group of procrastinators are commonly your high achievers. The type of people who take work home, who are always working on extra. Looking to make the most of their time and always looking to squeeze that little bit more out of life before the new day dawns. Just a few more emails, reading one last report, updating your linkedin profile etc...
Personally, I’m guilty of both.
It turns out, I am a bedtime procrastinator. - Insert confused face.
My nights are ruled by two bedtimes: the time I claim to go to sleep and the time I actually drift off. And it can be hours spanning the two. I may read one last article, watch another funny puppy video, text my best friend, scroll through Instagram or, more likely, scroll endlessly through facebook. (Just one more refresh, I swear!)
I looooove sleeping and I know the importance of a good night’s rest. So, why do I urge to delay sleep?!
There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to go to sleep because I know when I wake up, it starts all over again—like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day”.
If you’re ready to put your bedtime procrastination to rest, the first step is admitting that your habit is something worth changing. -Raises hand!
It's time to set a regular bedtime routine
This will help train your brain to know when it’s time for rest.
Create a good sleeping environment- Keep it dark and the temperature cool.
Avoid caffeine + alcohol before bed
Skip the phones, tablets, and laptops in the bedroom - The blue light emitted from these devices can make you feel more alert, messing with your body’s internal clock and sleep cycle. Recent studies have found that blue light can affect your metabolism and increase insulin resistance, eep!