The Case for Spending More Time Doing Nothing

By Emma Penrod, Oct 28, 2022

We need processing time during the day to synthesize everything that’s happening to us, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a psychiatrist and sleep medicine physician in Menlo Park, California, who is also an Everyday Health medical reviewer. “With the advent of the smartphone our downtime has been taken away.” We’ve become so increasingly busy that we don’t take time to give a second thought to the things that stress us out or worry us. That’s a problem, because left undealt with those problems have the potential to grow. And the other issue is that they tend to crop up again when we don’t want them to, like when we try to fall asleep at night, Dr. Dimitriu says.

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