You’re exhausted after a long day at work. But instead of going to bed, you spend a couple hours scrolling mindlessly on the internet or watching television, finally falling asleep at midnight.
Can you relate? This phenomenon actually has a name: revenge bedtime procrastination. Professor of clinical medicine Dr. Dasgupta describes it as “a cry from overworked people [who are] actually trying to put off bedtime just a little bit so they can reclaim something for themselves.”
Unfortunately, sleep deprivation increases stress hormones in the body, disrupts circadian rhythms, and increases weight gain due to late-night snacking. Blue light from screens suppresses melatonin, a hormone essential for good sleep quality.
If you’re struggling with revenge bedtime procrastination, it may be time to establish a sleep schedule and healthy boundaries during the day. Your rested body will thank you!
“‘Revenge Bedtime Procrastination’ Could Be Robbing You of Precious Sleep Time,” CNN, cnn.com, Feb. 15, 2021.