Bedtime procrastination or revenge bedtime procrastination is a psychological phenomenon, where people stay up later than they desire in an attempt to have control over the night, because they perceive themselves (perhaps subconsciously) to lack influence over events during the day.
Origin of the term
The term “bedtime procrastination” became popular based on a 2014 study from the Netherlands.
The “revenge” prefix was believed to be added first in China in the late 2010s, possibly relating to the 996 working hour system (72 hours per week).
“Revenge” because many feel like it’s the only way they can take any control over their daytime self.
Writer Daphne K. Lee, wrote about it on Twitter, describing it as “a phenomenon in which people who don’t have much control over their daytime life refuse to sleep early in order to regain some sense of freedom during late night hours.”