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Hurkle-durkle is a monster

It’s important to give name to our modern-day villains:

Climate change. Election deniers. MAGA politicians. Anti-vaxxers. Elon Musk. The New York Jets.

And now…


(v.) to lay around in bed long after you should have got up [Scots]

At last, we have a name for this modern-day villain.

Remaining in bed long after you’ve awakened is disastrous for your ability to sleep efficiently and effectively. A stable sleep schedule is critical to waking up feeling rested. Lounging in bed is not conducive to a stable sleep schedule.

And if you want to be able to fall asleep quickly and enter and remain in REM sleep (the most restful, efficient period of sleep) for as long as possible, it’s important to train your brain that your bed is for sleep only and should not be thought of as a couch, a chair, a television viewing platform, or a place to do anything other than sleep.

Hurkle-durkle is disastrous for good, healthy sleep.

It’s also not an exceptionally good use of your time. I’ve never been opposed to rest and relaxation, but remaining in bed after you’ve awakened is not the place for that.

Want to wake up before the alarm, feeling refreshed and maybe even excited for the new day?

Avoid hurkle-durkle.

Want your sleep to be more restful and rejuvenating?

Avoid hurkle-durkle.

Don’t be fooled by its cutesy name. Hurkle-durkle is your enemy.