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If you’re guilty of this, chances are your employees are, too.
Putting off going to sleep has been discovered to be more harmful to workforce productivity and more widespread than previously believed in a new study from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
The scientists have called this ‘bedtime procrastination’, which is essentially doing anything besides closing your eyes and going to sleep.
From the study, which surveyed 177 men and women on their sleep patterns, tendencies to procrastinate and individual lifestyles, researchers found those who have trouble resisting temptations are more likely to put off going to sleep.
“Bedtime procrastination was negatively associated with self-regulation: people who scored lower on self-regulation variables reported more bedtime procrastination,” the paper stated.
“Moreover, self-reported bedtime procrastination was related to general reports of insufficient sleep above and beyond demographics and self-regulation.
“Bedtime procrastination appears to be a prevalent and relevant issue that is associated with getting insufficient sleep.”
The findings open up new avenues in sleep therapy and research.
Dr Floor Kroese, an assistant professor of health psychology at the university, told The Huffington Post bedtime procrastination appears to be a “very common phenomenon”, the effects and solutions to which they are still researching.
“We are currently testing these and other strategies, so hopefully in a year or so we will be able to say more about it.”