Bedtime Procrastination: A Behavioral Perspective on Sleep Insufficiency

Floor M Kroese, Sanne Nauts, Bart A. Kamphorst, Joel H Anderson, Denise T D de Ridder

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In this chapter, we discuss a specific domain of procrastination that significantly affects health and well-being, "bedtime procrastination": the phenomenon of postponing going to bed, typically resulting in a lack of sleep. This chapter describes how a lack of sleep affects health and well-being, how bedtime procrastination plays a role in this regard, and why people do it. Essentially, we argue that going to bed late can be conceived of as a self-regulation problem, just like procrastination in other domains. Building on this conceptualization, we suggest interventions that may help people hit the pillow on time, and discuss avenues for future research. We conclude that considering sleep insufficiency from a self-regulation perspective may be an important step to further understanding and finding ways to reduce this self-undermining behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcrastination, Health, and Well-Being
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780128028988
ISBN (Print)9780128028629
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bedtime procrastination
  • Health
  • Interventions
  • Self-regulation
  • Sleep


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