Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Wrath of Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

You are probably guilty of this, you just don’t know it!

After along, jam-packed day full of meetings and deadlines, do you stay up late for some “focus” or “me” time or do you still go to bed at a good time?

Here’s the deal. If you find yourself staying up a lot even after a hectic day, you may be guilty of what’s called “revenge bedtime procrastination.”

This is such an interesting concept because it’s so REAL. Revenge bedtime procrastination is defined as “getting revenge on your busy daytime schedule by fitting in me time at the expense of a good night’s sleep.”

A survey showed that 62% of adults in 12 countries don’t get enough sleep, and 37% blamed their hectic work schedule for this.

Busy people are often guilty of this because they feel that the late night gives them the feeling of being control of their time, to make up for the day wherein they had less control over the things or events that made them busy.

However, this can have a lot of negative effects on your health and productivity on the next day such as:

  • Less focus and attention
  • Lack of alertness
  • Stress and anxiety

So what should you do? Here are some tips that you can do to help you have more control over your day as well as to have a better night’s sleep.

  1. Before going to bed or early in the morning, go over your plans for the day. No matter if you have a lot of meetings, lay them out and go over them. The fact that you know what’s going to happen will help you feel more in control.
  2. Plan ahead on what you think is expected of you in each of the meetings or deliverables you need to get done during the day.
  3. Cut back on caffeine during the night time.
  4. Relax yourself and don’t do any work at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  5. Go to bed intentionally, meaning you go to bed with every intention of sleeping and resting. It’s unhealthy for your body to fall asleep on the couch or your desk, or while reading emails on your phone. Prime your body to rest and sleep.
  6. Follow these tips and you’ll have a better and more productive day, week, month, and year. Similar to last week’s blog, give yourself the chance to rest, recover, and recuperate. It’s better for your creativity, efficiency, and overall well-being.


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