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‘Revenge bedtime procrastination’: What it is and why it’s harmful

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Your tax return. Colorectal cancer screening. The curtains that could definitely use a washing. There are plenty of activities people often wave off with the sentence, “Sometime later, but not now.” One of them, unfortunately, is sleep. A new term even exists for the phenomenon of habitually putting off sleep: “revenge bedtime procrastination.” “It means regularly going to bed too late despite having the opportunity to go to bed and knowing you’ll be dead tired the next morning,” explains Anna Hoecker, a psychologist and co-author of a book on how to overcome procrastination. Why do so many pe…

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