Written by: Nev Amp, Practice Consultant, Rural Alive & Well
We all know that sleep makes us feel better, and that going without sleep makes us feel worse, so why is it that we so often compromise our sleep? One reason may be due to the concept of ‘revenge bedtime procrastination’.
You may not have heard of the phrase ‘revenge bedtime procrastination’ but that doesn’t mean that you don’t do it.
We all crave balance in life; time for work and commitments, and time to switch off from responsibilities. Unfortunately, work and daily commitments tend to intrude on our free time.
That means that switching off or having ‘free time’ in each day can feel almost impossible.
In an effort to try and regain balance or some sense of control over our lives, we can start to compromise our time spent sleeping (referred to as revenge bedtime procrastination).
This can look like staying up late, eating late, drinking alcohol, watching yet another episode of your favourite tv show, or just trying to gain back as much ‘free time’ as possible.
You might be thinking, ‘and what’s the harm in that?’.
Well, sleep is essential to our survival. Contrary to popular belief, our body is hard at work during sleep.
Sleep assists in:
Below are some positive sleep habits that you can try out:
If you’re still not convinced the benefits of sleep is worth missing out on that ‘free time’ you have at the end of the day, then our challenge to you is this: What boundaries do you need to set in place during the day so you can go to bed early and feel like you achieved more than just ‘work and chores’.
To start moving towards better sleep habits, contact our team today!