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Love to Procrastinate? You Should Read This

Procrastinating is a common thing we all love and hate at the same time. We know it’s not good for us in the long run, but the immediate satisfaction of spending some time on social media or finishing the new season of that show is so enticing, that many times it overcomes our responsible selves.

If you weren’t sure what was so bad about procrastinating (because you have no deadlines for some magical reason), there is a new study to burst your bubble; procrastinating may cause insomnia.

A new study conducted by the Academic College of Tel Aviv, Israel, looked at the behavior of almost 600 people and noticed that those who tended to procrastinate had a more difficult time falling asleep, compared with those who did not normally put things off.

Why would putting things off cause insomnia? Well, though the research did not have a clear answer for that question, the researchers had some ideas. The study author, Ilana D. Hairstone, said that “people who procrastinate are ruminating about the things they need to do and haven’t done”, which makes it harder for them to reach the calmness needed for sleep. Sounds familiar, procrastinators?

But is insomnia really that big of a deal? Yes, it is.

Insomnia can lead to serious health problems such as irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart disease. It affects emotions and can cause depression and anger. It makes your skin age faster, kills your sex drive, makes you forgetful, any many other horrible and avoidable issues.

So, since we now know that procrastination is an avoidable cause of insomnia, we should all probably exit our social media apps for an hour or two, and go get some work done.

Liat is a SleepRate community manager and customer advocate.

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