Because I'm working on Before and After, my new book about habit-formation, I constantly talk to people about their habits, and as I heard about people's sleep habits, something puzzled me.
For me, sleep is a self-reinforcing habit; I feel so much better when I get enough sleep that I find it fairly easy to respect my bedtime.
Often, however, people tell me that they're painfully, chronically exhausted-yet when I suggest that they go to bed earlier, they become angry and resentful. Usually, these folks desperately need the sleep. So why do they get so upset at the thought of moving up their bedtime?
As I talked to more and more people, I began to understand. In most cases, these are folks who schedule very little time for themselves. They race around, weekdays and weekends alike, without a break, and their only open time comes at night, when nothing more can be expected of them.
Some use that time to try to catch up on work-to knock off a few emails, to read through aRead More »from Do You Find it Hard to Turn Off the Light, Even when You Need the Sleep?