It’s easy to understand why we put off certain activities—cleaning around the house, paying bills, and exercising regularly (if at all!) all tend to top the list. Sleep, however, may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the topic of procrastination is raised.
Self-help guru Wayne Dyer once said, “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” Putting off sleep is not only unhealthy, it can also lead to dangerous behaviors and health consequences. According to WebMD, sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss raises the risk of:
In addition, some sources estimate that 90% of people with insomnia—a sleep disorder characterized by trouble falling and staying asleep—also have another health condition.
Researchers at Utrecht University found that pushing back bedtime, a.k.a. sleep procrastination, is the latest diagnosable strain of mismanaged time. The behavior stops us from shutting down for the night to allow for restoration, instead frittering away valuable time on unnecessary tasks (Words with Friends, anyone?) when we could be recharging with sleep.
The first step in avoiding any type of procrastination is knowing it’s a problem. By identifying the behavior, you can begin to take steps to remedy it. Incorporating good sleep hygiene—going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, dimming lighting and ending exposure to TV or computer screens an hour or so prior to bedtime—can have a huge impact on sleep habits. If completing tasks, or endless thinking keep you awake, keep a notepad or journal near your bed to jot down notes: the simple act of removing the physically recording thoughts and ideas can sometimes have a relaxing effect on the mind.
If sleep problems persist, consider consulting a physician, or taking part in a sleep study. A medical diagnosis may help to uncover underlying sleep problems which, while disruptive, can be easily treated.
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