Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

Do you stay up way too late after your kids go to bed? Did you used to be an early riser but are now a night owl? If your answer is yes then you likely struggle with "Revenge Bedtime Procrastination". What is this you ask? It's the decision to sacrifice sleep for leisure time that is driven by a daily schedule lacking in free time.

This doesn't apply only to parents but also adults who have high stress jobs. I had never heard this term before until a friend sent me an article describing it and my jaw dropped. I 100% do this, and it makes so much sense. Lack of control during the day leads to wanting to stay up later and enjoy the silence and choose to do whatever makes you happy. For me it's working on my blog, watching tv, snacking, binging my favorite show or scrolling funny videos...you name it. 

Here are two behaviors that stood out to me that are required for late sleep time to be considered bedtime procrastination:

- The absence of a valid reason for staying up later than intended, such as an external event or an illness

- An awareness that delaying one's bedtime could lead to negative consequences (EVERY mother knows those early mornings are inevitable, but it's still worth it)

It's comforting to know this habit has a name and I'm not alone in doing it. At a certain point my body starts to break down, and I HAVE to sleep more. The downside to this behavior is lack of sleep which can lead to deterioration of physical and mental health, short temper, and exhaustion throughout your day. That's why I listen to my body and try not to do this every night. 

Studies show the pandemic has significantly driven this behavior up. Many people who have been working from home feel no separation from their day, and are more stressed and busy than ever. You add virtual school and it's a whole different level, which is why I'm extremely grateful my twins' daycare has been open and my son is back in school. 

Do you struggle with this? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experience!

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