Create Healthy Sleep Habits by Not Procrastinating

Posted By Erin on Nov 3, 2017

Does this sound familiar? You lie down for the night, plop down on the most comfortable bed, achingly tired, ready for sleep… and then proceed to play around on your phone for forty-five minutes. Pretty soon you’re feeling, well, not tired. Now it’s an hour or more after your bedtime, and you’re worried that you won’t get the full eight hours of rest you need to be your best self in the morning. It does you no good to have the most comfortable bed if you aren’t putting in the time to get a good night’s sleep by constantly checking your phone, watching television, or using your tablet. This phenomenon is known as sleep procrastination, and its effects are long reaching and more common than you think.

A Nation Wide Problem

A recent study by the National Sleep Foundation shows that 48% of people use some kind of electronic device while tucked away in their most comfortable bed (this can be a phone, tablet, or computer) instead of falling right to sleep. This number goes up for younger people. The majority of millennials use their bed for activities other than sleeping or sex, something that sleep experts all agree is a big no-no. But what about books? Why do those put us to sleep and not our phones? The answer comes in the nature of how our brain works when we read them. Books are a passive object, while phones and tablets require a certain amount of interactivity, this then activates areas of your brain that are antithetical to sleep. Experts say we need between a half hour and hour of unstimulated brain time on the most comfortable bed to get us into our sleeping states, to give our minds a chance to unwind from the stress of the day. When you pick up your phone and check it, you’re actually undoing that time and setting up a longer in between period between wakefulness and sleep. This is exactly what sleep procrastination is.

The Solution Lies Within You

There’s good news for sleep procrastinators is that the key to undoing this behavior is that it’s completely within your power. The bad news? Well, sleep procrastination can be addictive, and it’s a reinforcing behavior, so the more you do it, the more likely you’ll be to repeat that action. The first step is to keep your phone away from your bed at all costs. It doesn’t have to be all at once, but try to wean yourself off of your phone gradually, eventually keeping it in another room so that you don’t have the urge to check it. Luckily we’ve come up with a bunch of good ways on this blog to beat the cycle. From avoiding binge watching to new essential oils to spice up your sleep routine the Nectar blog has you covered for all your sleep requirements. Not only that, but Nectar is going to continue to do what we do best, make the most comfortable bed — now all you have to do is take the bait and avoid your phone, your body will do the rest. Sleep well, friends.

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