Is it really revenge bedtime procrastination?

July 15, 2021

Is it really revenge bedtime procrastination?

Or are you just on the wrong sleep schedule for your body?

Revenge bedtime procrastination has gone viral, and I get it.

As a phrase, it's just fun. And as a concept, it's relatable. I know many people actually do it.

But not everyone who goes to bed does.

The reason Work Brighter exists is because of how much the world, especially the working world, is only set up for one type of body and brain instead of reflecting real people.

And this is particularly true in society's attitudes around mornings and sleep.

We're taught that it's morally superior to wake up early, love mornings, and thrive on as little sleep as possible.

But in reality, about 50% of people thrive energetically in the afternoon. Another estimated 20% are night owls. That means at most, only 3 in 10 people actually thrive waking up early.

To complicate matters more, there's delayed sleep phase syndrome.

That's the name given to a cluster of experiences neurodivergent folks frequently experience related to sleep. Things like having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and sleeping deeply...no matter how hard we work on our sleep habits (and we try!).

And at some point, the best way to deal with it is to roll with it as much as you can.

(In my experience, at least.)

So if you're not falling asleep at night, it's not necessarily your body seeking "revenge."

It might be it crying for help.

If this essay helped you learn something or think differently, please consider sending a tip. I love writing and sharing things that can help others, but spending my energy this way does have repercussions for my health and business.