“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” – Ernest Hemingway
This is a newer concept to me and thankfully something that I do not deal with. But, I do know a lot of people that suffer from these thoughts, actions, and emotions.
What is Revenge Bedtime Procrastination?
It manifests itself in a handful of different areas. The main one is refusing to sleep because you value the freedom and usually peacefulness of late-night hours more than sleep, or at least you think you do.
Another area that attracts some people to this lifestyle is they believe it is a way to regain some control. In life, we rarely have control over area aspect of life or what we can do with our time so we will stay up later to regain those lost hours.
Who has Revenge Bedtime Procrastination?
Anyone can deal with these tendencies, but the main groups that it affects are busy parents or caregivers, overworked people, or those with poor time management skills. Too much of their time is taken up with kids, work, or just poorly managed time to do what they need to do. So, instead of figuring out a way to work it into life, they stay up later.
It can affect students too, they might not be working in a professional setting but students can be overworked quite often and deal with this without realizing it. This is because those that are students naturally have a later sleep pattern which can be used as a band-aid to cover what is really bedtime procrastination.
How to Deal with Revenge Bedtime Procrastination?
There are a handful of areas where you can regain the control or hours that feel lost when you go to bed earlier. You can have scheduled time to get away from your kids, or stop working. Also, creating a bedtime routine with not only steps but times. Know when you want to go to bed, when you need to get up, and how much sleep you need. If you continue with the bad habit of not getting enough sleep you are literally destroying your mind and body slowly. Sleep is crucial to keeping a healthy life, do not get revenge get sleep.