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 to this question, the researchers had a few 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. Another possible reason is that procrastinators, will probably also procrastinate their bedtime. 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, and many other horrible and avoidable issues.
So, since we now know that procrastination is an avoidable cause of insomnia, a good strategy would be to decide in advance on an hour we will go to go to sleep at and make proper preparations along the day: Keep our schedule clean enough time before bed so that we have time to prepare without feeling stress or guilt, eat a good healthy dinner minimum two hours before we go to sleep, wind-down our energy, maybe with a short meditation or relaxing music, and most importantly – exit our social media apps at least 30 minutes before we go to sleep.
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