Fear of death in men is associated with procrastination before bedtime
The ways of our unconscious are inscrutable. And it can, in the most paradoxical way, affect how we behave and in what ways we avoid encountering what scares us. And what can scare us more than death? This unbearable anxiety, which in extreme manifestations develops into a serious phobia, has been repeatedly described by the ancients.
“Sleep is the little mystery of death, sleep is the first initiation into death,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch. His great compatriot, Homer, put it even shorter and more precisely: “Sleep — death brother!” Men who could have accepted the study that examined the connection between procrastination before bedtime and the anxiety that their life would end would agree with these statements. .
A study under the eloquent title “Life is short, watch: fear of death and procrastination at bedtime” was conducted by psychologists of the Middle East Technical University. His results showed that men who are afraid of death are more likely to go to bed much later than planned for this time.
The less a person sleeps, the more time he has for life
According to the authors of this study, published in the journal The General Psychology, men who are concerned about issues of their own mortality tend to experience negative feelings about sleep. Moreover, these feelings may be conscious, or may not be monitored at all.
Why it happens? For us, those hours that we set aside for sleep are not a consciously lived period and seem to be “time taken from life”, psychologists are sure. And the less a person sleeps, the more time he has for life.
Therefore, one who is familiar with the fear of death can put off sleep as an event that really scares. So, if your husband can’t put down your smartphone in any way, although it’s time for him to sleep peacefully next to you, perhaps it’s not at all that he came across a terribly interesting video.
How to calculate fear?
Turkish psychologists interviewed 229 volunteers of both sexes about what their “sleepy habits” look like. The study participants also spoke about their attitude to death and self-control skills. Researchers also studied what the chronotype of each survey participant is.
It turned out that the fear of death was characteristic of those participants who also talked about their procrastination before bedtime. But this applied only to male participants. That is, men who agreed with statements such as “I am worried that death is inevitable and inevitable” also tended to agree with phrases like “I go to bed later than I intended.”
And what about women?
Meanwhile, the researchers did not reveal any connection between evening procrastination and women’s fear of death. Why did this happen? Psychologists think that women and men have different approaches to risks. Those who indulge in bedtime procrastination, usually imagine what the results may be.
The next day they will feel tired, their performance will decrease, and their attention will become distracted. And yet they consciously behave in this way, risking their health and well-being. The study showed that thoughts of death provoke men to risky behavior, but here in ladies such a bundle was not found.
Of course, the fear of death is not the only factor that scientists associate with procrastination before bedtime. For example, there is also a connection between the postponement of night rest and the chronotype, that is, the individual characteristics of the daily rhythm of a particular person, and they are affected by genetics.
So, it turned out that “owls” more often than “larks” and “pigeons” procrastinate at a time when they should already be watching the tenth dream. Psychologists consider the study “trial”: so far they are only making attempts to study the relationship between fear of death and procrastination before bedtime. Perhaps we still have a lot to learn about why we avoid visiting the kingdom of Morpheus.