When was the last you time switched off your screens (laptop, smartphone, tablet etc) and slept at a decent hour at night? Usually, we binge-watch TV series, scroll through Instagram, or watch random videos on YouTube even though we’re tired. Because we spent the entire day working and finally found time for ourselves only at night.
Clinical psychologist Aimee Daramus explains this phenomenon called “revenge bedtime procrastination” by saying, “When everything you do is about someone else’s needs, it might sometimes feel worth it to sacrifice some sleep. The sound of silence is a beautiful thing. No boss, no kids, no interruptions.”
After discovering this phenomenon, many people on Twitter said that they’d been doing it to themselves without even knowing the behaviour had a specific name!
Psychologist Aimee Daramus suggests delegating work, finding time during the day (like lunch breaks) and allocating a day of the week for staying up late instead. Have you experienced revenge bedtime procrastination?
In this podcast, Alan Khan talks to clinical psychologist Michelle Baker who specializes in sleep disorders, sharing expert advice on a good night’s sleep. Is it hard for you to fall asleep or stay asleep through the night? Nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, sleep talking, head banging, wetting the bed and grinding your teeth are kinds of sleep problems called parasomnias. There are treatments for most sleep disorders. Sometimes just having good sleep habits can help.
Do you wake up tired or feel very sleepy during the day, even if you have sufficient sleep? You might have a sleep disorder, listen here