I can’t believe it took me so long to realize this.
I’d always assumed that feeling tired would push me to go to bed. Makes sense, right? I’m tired, so I want to go to bed.
Nope! It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Going to bed takes a real burst of psychic and physical energy.
When I’m tired, I find it too taxing to switch tasks, and I can’t face the thought of washing my face, taking out my contacts, and all the rest, so I stay on Facebook for forty minutes.
In fact, research shows that lack of sleep leads to dithering the next day, too. One study estimated that for every hour of interrupted sleep during the previous night, people wasted 8.4 minutes in online puttering—checking email, refreshing celebrity-gossip websites, and the like.
What do you think–do you find that it takes a lot of energy to decide to go to bed? Are you ever so tired you stay up, rather than go to sleep?