We sympathize with you. We understand what it’s like to fall into the Netflix rabbit hole, which causes you to binge watch shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. Oh, and don’t forget Stranger Things! And we get how Facebook can draw you in for much longer than you anticipated – where did that last hour go? But let’s face facts: your digital habits are affecting your sleep. Actually, they’re killing your sleep.
Our digital habits (and their effect on sleep) have caught the attention of researchers who are discovering that sleep procrastination is a real thing. Studies conducted at Utrecht University in the Netherlands show this delay may be more harmful and more widespread than previously believed.
If we look at a dictionary, procrastination is defined as the voluntary delay of an intended course of action, despite expecting to be worse off for the delay. It causes us to do things like putting off doing laundry until we have one pair of clean jeans (the tight ones) left in our closet because we decided to play Words With Friends online. While we can navigate our way most times around the things we’ve left undone, sleep should not one of them. A mountain of research points out the myriad of health problems – physical and psychological – that comes with being a culture that is notoriously sleep deprived. All that data is a not-so-subtle reminder that sleep needs to be at the top of our to-do list. But don’t fret. These tips will help you recover from chronic sleep procrastination.
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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