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Insomnia or Bedtime Procrastination? Your Guide to Better Sleep

What time do you sleep? And what is the time you would ideally want to go to sleep? If you are currently living in a metropolitan area, chances are there is quite a discrepancy in these times. Coupled with the demands of modern living, sleeping is often cut short by an abrasively loud alarm. Going to bed late and then struggling to get out of bed early is quite an urban phenomenon, which can quickly snowball into further health complications


Such behaviour is quite fittingly termed as Bedtime Procrastination


Procrastination is the purposeful delaying of activities or behaviours that an individual has identified as important to do. ‘Bedtime’ Procrastination is when, the individual right fully identifies what a healthy sleep can achieve, yet, due to a variety of reasons, finds themselves going to bed much late.


Researchers have also picked up and identified Bedtime Procrastination as something of importance. Korean researchers Sun Ju Chung, Hyeyoung An, and Sooyeon Suh found in their study that those who tend to go to bed late have statistically higher rates of Depression, Anxiety, and insomnia diagnosis compared to those who had a strict, healthy sleep routine. Interestingly, 451% higher smartphone usage was identified among these Bedtime Procrastinators. 


Dutch researchers Floor M. Kroese, Denise T. D. De Riddler, and Catharine Evers surveyed 2431 adults, 50% of who reported going to bed later than they would like to. 45% of them additionally reported feeling tired for 2 days or more each week. The researchers noted that those who were likely to procrastinate sleeping were also low in self-regulation. 


The research states – “An interesting aspect of bedtime procrastination is that, while procrastination typically involved voluntarily delaying aversive tasks, going to bed is generally not considered aversive. Instead, we speculate that it is not so much a matter of not wanting to sleep, but rather not wanting to quit other activities.”


The experts at the Dharana Holistic Healing Retreat are acutely aware of this rising phenomenon. During their practice at one of the premier Wellness Retreats Near Mumbai, Dharana’s Experts have often encountered individuals who report consistent tiredness, fatigue and a variety of stress-related syndromes. Due to the well-identified correlation between stress and sleeping, it is prudent to tackle both factors for holistic and positive change. To correct unhealthy sleeping, the Dharana Wellness Retreat recommends: “Dharana MINBOS.”


With a focus on De-Stressing and Sleep, the programme goes into the roots of a troubled bedtime by analysing the presence of Oxidative Stress, Cognitive Stress and aggregated toxins in the body. This and further Preventative Medicine analyses, the practitioners at the Dharana Wellness Retreat recommend a variety of Wellness Activities. 


Situated in the calming and peaceful Shillim Valley, the MINBOS Programme by Dharana Wellness Retreat serves not only as a transformational point to better sleep and living but also as an effective introduction to Wellness and the Dharana Way of Life. To experience, book using this link.