Imagine you had a tough day, finished all your chores, exhaustion killing you, only to go to bed thinking you would sleep instantly, but you find yourself scrolling endlessly at midnight. This is called “revenge bedtime procrastination.” Different daily routines and chaotic schedules may prevent you from having a good night’s sleep to cover the leisure time you miss during the day. For instance, those who work in a fast-paced society have long hours and little time to themselves throughout the day.

Therefore, Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on ‘Revenge Bedtime Procrastination’. The survey aims to learn about the patterns and behavior of such affected individuals. Following are the results.

Highlights:

  • 50.3% of participants say they experience revenge bedtime procrastination
  • 30.95% work more than 10 hours daily, including daily activities
  • Survey shows nearly 28% sleep more than 8 hours

Sleepers’ Nightmare: Sacrifice Sleep For Time

The survey starts by asking respondents about their awareness of the term “Revenge Bedtime Procrastination.” Results show that 50.3% of participants were aware of the term and had already experienced it. 24.67% said they only knew the phrase, while 25.03% were uncertain.

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Figure 1: Respondents’ awareness of the term “Revenge Bedtime Procrastination”

Subsequently, the survey asked “how many hours do you work?’ Including the time spent preparing for work and daily duties. The responses are as follows: 30.95% voted that they work more than 10 hours, 14.46% work up to 9-10 hours, 10.99% work for 8-9 hours, and 9.59% work 7-8 hours.

How Well Do Most People Sleep?

The survey revealed that the majority of people (27.93%) get more than the required sleep hours (eight hours). Followed by 17.84% of who sleep for approximately eight hours. 16.22% get almost the perfect amount of sleep (6-7 hours). Meanwhile, the rest fell way behind the required time: 38% sleep less than six hours.

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Figure 2: Statistics on average sleep time of respondents

Additionally, the survey asked users if they do any leisure activity before bedtime that cost them to sacrifice hours of sleep. Outcomes show us that 64.22% agreed, while 35.77% said otherwise.

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Endlessly Scrolling Through Social Media Through a Dreadful Day

Survey findings also gave a better understanding of what respondents do that costs sleep. According to the survey, 38.91% scrolled across social media shortly before bedtime, while 15.93% spent time watching their favorite TV show or movie. Others spend their time listening to music (7.3%), playing video games (7.18%), chatting with friends (6.64%), eating (8% ), and lastly, exercising (6.58%).

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Figure 3: Respondents’ leisure activities that cost their sleep

To dive deeper, the survey asked how much time respondents spend on their leisure prior to sleep. 37.72% stay up less than an hour, 18.47% say an hour, and 14.56% of surveyees say for two hours. Meanwhile, 9.6% spend three hours, and 9.11% spend four hours. Lastly, 10.54% say more than four hours.

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Moreover, survey results show us what causes revenge bedtime procrastination. 42.08% indicated that due to lack of free time during the day. 19.7% said personal-related problems: inability to self-regulate behavior. In addition, 20.31% stated that due to natural sleeping patterns, and 17.23% voted for external factors like stress.

Similarly, the survey asked the respondents about the most common effect of sleep deprivation caused by revenge bedtime procrastination. Nearly 38% (37.89%) indicated that stress, anxiety, and irritation problems may arise, 12.65% stated metabolism issues: weight loss or gain, and 11.4% voted for the weakened immune system. Others stated depression (9.52%), impaired cognitive functioning (9.24%), hormone-related problems (8.22%), high blood pressure levels (9.78%), and increased risk of cardiac problems (0.7%).

Finally, the survey asked, “Which method is the most effective for getting a sufficient night’s sleep?” Here, 33.23% urge to squeeze moments of relaxation into the day. 18.18% say stick to a specific bedtime routine, including relaxation time. 12.62% suggest avoiding unnecessary tasks during the daytime. 10.68% imply balancing work and life.

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Methodology

Survey TitleSurvey on ‘Revenge Bedtime Procrastination’: Knowingly Skipping Sleep For More Personal Time
DurationAugust 27 – September 3, 2022
Number of Participants30,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.