Sleep plays a crucial role in good health and well-being throughout your life. If you get enough quality sleep at the right times it will protect your mental and physical health and what it’s more important it will improve the quality of your life.
A recent survey discovered that more people are sleeping less than six hours a night. Occasional short-lived bout of insomnia is generally nothing to worry about. But chronic sleep deprivation can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, a decrease in the immune system’s power and even weight gain, according to some reports of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch.
If you get adequate sleep time and quality these are the main benefits.
- Mood: Sleep deprivation may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do. Therefore great sleep promotes great mood and energy.
- Memory and learning capabilities: Sleep helps the brain commit new data and information to memory through a process called memory consolidation.
- Prevent cardiovascular problems: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat, so getting proper sleep reduces the chances to suffer these health problems.
- Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
- Prevent other diseases: chronic sleep deprivation markedly alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.
As you can realize sleep plays a major role in our health and general happiness level. But how many times you postpone the time to get into your bet in order to finish your favorite sitcom, movie, etc…?
It’s bedtime. Your work and chores are done. You have to get up early. You’re tired. Yet…you still put off going to bed.
This is called bedtime procrastination.
This problematic phenomenon may also lead to harmful outcomes in the area of health behavior, introducing bedtime procrastination as an important factor related to getting insufficient sleep and consequently affecting individual well-being. Bedtime procrastination is defined as failing to go to bed at the intended time, while no external circumstances prevent a person from doing so.
To prevent this phenomenon I recommend you reading an original research article from the department of clinical and health psychology, Utrecht University, Netherlands titled “Bedtime procrastination: introducing a new area of procrastination”.