Do Your Heart a Favor – Get More Sleep
“Revenge Bedtime Procrastination” has become a common term in the wellness and sleep communities. The term refers to putting off going to bed to do leisure activities that individuals do not have time for during the day. In other words, for many middle-aged people whose days are packed with work and children’s needs, they put off going to sleep for extended amounts of TV and internet scrolling, sometimes even “in bed.” The idea here is that when people feel like they have had no time for themselves in a day, they will often choose entertainment rather than sleep. But did you know that research shows that this “taking back your day” in this way is actually harmful to your overall wellness?
A recent research study published in Nature showed that when middle-aged people reported less sleep and lower quality sleep, they experienced an increased risk of heart disease. Investigators considered how sleep affects heart health across different races and sexes, and although sleep experiences and habits were drastically different, the relationship between sleep health and heart disease did not differ.
Another interesting aspect of this new research was the multifaceted sleep health measures. This concept may sound scientific and complex, but measuring sleep is pretty simple from an individual perspective. In the study, participants wore a watch that measured sleep. They also completed a daily sleep diary. For those of us trying to change our sleep health habits, these practices could be eye-opening. For example, you may “start your bedtime routine” at a certain time with a healthy bedtime in mind. But when do you actually fall asleep? How long does your bedtime routine actually last?
As research continues to confirm the importance of multifaceted high-quality sleep, consider the ways that you can support your own healthy sleep habits. For example, add yourself to the ALYKA health app waitlist
and check out the ways we can help you take care of your own health journey. Don’t underestimate sleep in your personal journey towards health resilience.