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Insomnia & Bedtime Procrastination

What's going on here?

  • The School of Life (TSoL) believes that insomnia can sometimes be the result of not having enough time to think about important personal matters during the day. TSoL argues that we need to make more time for regular reflections, and this might help us sleep better. Most of us are busy doing daily tasks at work, running errands, and other routine activities that we rarely think about our emotions, ideas, and thoughts in general. Consequently, our minds exact revenge on us at bedtime.


  • TSoL believes we should think about our plans, values, interests, and relationships in order to counter this form of insomnia.

  • They refer to insomnia as a "revenge of the mind"

  • When this form of insomnia affects us, it could be that our mind prefers for us to lose some hours of sleep than to ignore some important issues.

  • We should take more time during the day to systematically examine all our concerns.

  • They believe that certain forms of insomnia are not so much a physical issue but a mental health one.

Useful Vocabulary:

  • revenge of the mind/mind's revenge

  • a great deal of things

  • self-aware

  • interrogate ourselves

  • question our plans

  • explore our talents

  • reasonable hours of the day

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you agree with TSoL that insomnia is seldom a physical disease but a mental one and that it arises when we fail to reflect on important personal matters? Why/why not?

  2. If you find yourself suffering from insomnia, would you consider TSoL's advice? Why/Why not?

  3. Have you suffered from insomnia? If yes, what do you think caused it? Would TSoL's advice have helped you? If no, why do you think you've never had insomnia? (note the verb tense)

  4. In the vocabulary section above, there are several phrases and phrasal verbs. Which ones do you want to use the most? Can you try making 2 sentences and sharing them in the comment section below?

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