'Bedtime Procrastination' Is Making You Sleepy
It's a 'modern phenomenon,' researchers surmise
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 11, 2014 6:30 AM CDT
Putting off sleeping: It's 'bedtime procrastination.'   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – After a sleepy start to the week, you swore you'd be in bed last night by 10—but when the clock struck midnight, you were still catching up on Game of Thrones. You're not the only one struggling to get to bed despite wanting to sleep: Researchers are describing "bedtime procrastination," which "may be a relatively modern phenomenon." The definition, per Science of Us, is "failing to go to bed at the intended time, while no external circumstances prevent a person from doing so."

Working in the Netherlands, the experts asked 177 people to respond to questions like "I go to bed later than I had intended" and "I easily get distracted by things when I actually would like to go to bed," the Independent reports. They found that bedtime procrastination was fairly common and associated with less sleep and more tiredness, Real Clear Science notes. An expert tip: "Keep a schedule for yourself and stick to it. If you can't fit in all of your fun daytime activities before your scheduled bedtime, then take comfort in knowing you'll be alert and well-rested the next day to experience them."

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Jun 12, 2014 10:23 AM CDT
No things just START too early. Since we all want to stay up late---start the WORLD later. :) For example, why can't schools start at 10---that way we wouldn't have to start our kids days every day with screaming and shouting. They start early--because businesses start early---start them later too, and keep them open past 5 pm for crying out loud. In other words, make life fit our sleep schedules!
Jun 12, 2014 12:48 AM CDT
Game of Thrones is boring shyite compared to international politics. as for procrastination... I'll set up a schedule... later.
Jun 11, 2014 10:57 PM CDT
I have had trouble sleeping for years now. I have no problem going to sleep. I just have a problem staying asleep. I wake up after sleeping 1 to 2 hours. Sometimes I will get to four. I have no problem going back to sleep. But I will wake up again in 2 hours. I have now gotten turned around where I stay awake half the night and sleep half the day. My doctor told me today that I need to get back into the normal bedtime habit of sleeping at night and staying awake during the day. He thinks that will help more than anything else. I am going to try going to bed early tonight and see if I can get turned back around.