We’ve all done it. Vow to go to bed earlier and then spend an hour surfing Netflix or haunting our friend’s Facebook pages before we nod off to sleep. Researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands believe this modern tech trend, bedtime procrastination, may be more harmful and more widespread than previously believed.
Procrastination is defined as the voluntary delay of an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay. It usually involves wasting time to avoid unsavory tasks but sleep hasn’t traditionally fallen into this category. The results of the study, published in Frontiers in Psychology don’t paint a rosy picture for our sleep deprived culture. Maybe it’s time to set our alarms for bedtime instead of waking up…
Thanks to portable technology and a 24/7 tether to the internet, social media and work emails, it’s more difficult for us to get much needed pillow-time. If you’re having trouble shutting your brain off, these expert sources might help. Please note: you still have to be the one turn off the phone and just go to bed. Just saying…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a shocking 1/3 of adults sleep less than 6 hours a night on a regular basis. While sleep needs vary from person to person, the National Sleep Foundation recommends between 7 and 9 hours every night for optimal health.
If lack of sleep has become your new frienemy (someone you think is a friend but hurts more than she helps), it’s time to seek professional help. Find a Sleep Doctor near you.
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