Sometimes our day is filled to the brim with work and study. There are days when you will not be able to sit back and relax for even a minute. Often as a result, we try and fix this by staying up into the early hours of the morning in order to give ourselves a little ‘me time’ and regain some control over the day.
If this situation seems familiar to you, then chances are that you have experienced revenge bedtime procrastination. You are taking ‘revenge’ on the day by putting off sleep as a way of making a little time for yourself.
Consistency is key
Everyone has been in this situation at least occasionally. However, the more frequent it becomes the bigger the toll. When you do not receive a full night’s sleep as a result of revenge bedtime procrastination both your physical and mental health will suffer. Staying consistent can help to combat this.
Going to be bed at around the same time every night and getting up at around the same every morning is proven to reduce stress and improve your overall mood. Consistency will help you achieve a better night’s sleep and with a good night’s sleep comes improvements to your mental health.
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Develop a night-time routine
Why not try some yoga before you go to sleep tonight? This a great way to help you wind down before you go to bed. Meditation can really work to decrease stress levels too. This is always a positive thing and will contribute to a better night’s sleep. Creating a night time routine is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your mind and body. Eventually you will get so used to practicing such a routine that it will become a natural part of your life.
Turn off your electronics
A night time routine can only do so much. Commit to this and not only will your overall mood improve but so will your energy levels. However, the benefits of a night time routine can easily vanish when technology is thrown into the mix. The blue light emitted from our phone, laptop or tablet is very unhealthy to look at before bed. It will undoubtably keep you awake, and this is why it is recommended to put the screens away at least an hour before you want to go to sleep in order to avoid revenge bedtime procrastination.
It is important to plan your day. It can be very helpful to do this at the start of every day or even the start of every week. Do not spend too long on this and ensure to make it reasonable. Remember to include breaks and other slots you may need for other activities. Committing to this plan will be the hardest part but once you do your life will before an awful lot easier. Set up a workspace, grab all the essentials and get started.
A plan will ensure your day runs a lot smoother giving you a higher chance of obtaining some quality time for yourself in the evenings. All going well you will not feel the need to stay up past midnight and will get a full night’s sleep.
Have you ever experienced revenge bedtime procrastination?