Revenge bedtime procrastination

Do you stay up later than you should binge watching box sets, doing online shopping, working or scrolling through social media to grab a little time for yourself and then wake up feeling tired the next day? If so, then you are not alone. We are definitely confessing to this one.

This cycle of staying up late and regretting it the next day is familiar for many, even before the pandemic. In recent years, the phenomenon has been named "revenge bedtime procrastination."

It's actually something that has been around for a long time but has a new name and some experts say it is a cry from overworked or overburdened people trying to put off bedtime just a little bit so they can reclaim something for themselves. Pretty understandable really.

Not getting enough sleep leads to sleep deprivation, which can sometimes affect your mental and physical health, lead to decreased productivity and a rise in the stress hormone, cortisol.

Here are some top tips to break the cycle:

- Leave work at work or in another room.
- Stop binge watching.
- Check your social media at tea time then put your phone in a different room.
- Do a little yoga or stretching before bedtime.
- Put in place a bedtime routine including things you will look forward to like reading or a bath.

We are going to try it for the rest of the week. How about you?