How long is it okay to hang out in bed after waking up?

How long is it okay to hang out in bed after waking up?
How long is it okay to hang out in bed after waking up?

Reading time: 2 minutes – Spotted on The New York Times

After waking up, it feels good to take a few minutes to browse social media, read a magazine or journal – whether before a long day at work or on a holiday.

On TikTok, this moment of morning relaxation is celebrated under the name of “hurkle-durkling”an old Scots word rediscovered for time spent in bed doing nothing.


hurkle-durkle, u deserve it <3

♬ original sound – Kira Kosarin

According to Eleanor McGlinchey, a sleep psychologist at Manhattan Therapy Collective and associate professor of psychology at Fairleigh-Dickinson University, lounging around in bed before starting your day provides a certain sense of control. We allow ourselves a little time for ourselves before responsibilities rush towards us.

It is for this same reason that many people tend to “revenge bedtime procrastination”, that is, hanging out in bed at bedtime, before falling asleep, to compensate for the hours spent working or caring for others. Just like the hurkle-durklingthis phenomenon is the subject of much discussion on the Internet, accompanied by all kinds of stories of embarrassing experiences and instructions for overcoming procrastination.

Take time for yourself, but consciously

McGlinchey told the New York Times that it’s completely natural to want to have a say in how you start and end your day. According to her, it’s important to use this time intentionally and plan it in advance: “Don’t be at the mercy of notifications that arrive during the night.”

Lying in bed can be relaxing, but it cannot replace sleep. Additionally, for people with sleep disorders or insomnia, it may not be wise to go to bed very early or stay there for long periods of time in the morning. Otherwise, the body makes a connection between being awake and being in bed.

So how much time is reasonable to spend lounging in bed before getting up? There is no hard and fast rule, but fifteen to thirty minutes is enough for most people. Those who have no obligations or who can hardly get out of them for health reasons can of course stay in bed longer; even a whole day can sometimes be beneficial.

Certainly, enjoying your bed is an experience that many consider pleasant. “But if you start to feel depressed or anxious, or if [le fait de rester au lit toute la journée] leads you to miss work and become less functional, then you need to reverse course”emphasizes McGlinchey.



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