Here’s How You’re Sabotaging Your Sleep, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

Do you ever have trouble sleeping at night because there’s just so much to think about and do? Perhaps you fall asleep easily, but keep waking up! In today’s article we’re taking a slightly humorous look at why the different personality types just can’t get the shut-eye they crave.

To preface the article, here are some crucial tips and techniques for improving your sleep, regardless of your Myers-Briggs® personality type:

A funny look at why each of the 16 personality types can't sleep, plus tips for getting a better sleep! #MBTI #Personality #INFJ
  • Increase bright light exposure during the day
  • Avoid blue light at night (from phones, computers, televisions, or lights)
  • Don’t consume caffeine late in the day
  • Reduce naps after 3 PM, and try to keep naps to 20 minutes in length
  • Sleep and wake at consistent times as much as possible
  • Keep your bedroom between 60-67 degrees
  • Reduce light in your room
  • Play white noise
  • Don’t eat late in the evening
  • Exercise during the daytime, but not within the hour before bed
  • Make sure you have a comfortable mattress, comforter, and pillow

Okay, now that the practical stuff is out of the way, let’s take a look at why you’ve been staying awake!

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Here’s How You’re Sabotaging Your Sleep, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

If you’re an ENFP

ENFP sleep tip

You’re probably up late theorizing about the how amazing your life would be if you could just sell all your possessions, live in an RV, and travel the world. You start listing your material possessions and valuing them based on how helpful they would be in your new nomadic lifestyle. You’ve read about people who have done this and you’re convinced that it’s the only way to be truly happy. The thought of a 9-5 job feels like slow death.

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If you’re an ENTP

ENTP sleep tip

You’re up late because someone on Reddit told you about a new conspiracy theory and now you can’t stop thinking about it (or the arguments against it). Even though you know the theory is most likely inaccurate, you can’t help but be fascinated by it. You start to look for evidence to support the theory and you find yourself scrambling down a rabbit hole of related theories. As you try to sleep, you keep waking up with “aha” counter-arguments to every possible theory, and new counter-arguments for your own arguments.

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If you’re an INFP

INFP sleep tip

You’re up late because you’re imagining a utopian universe where everyone is kind and accepting. This world is so perfect that it almost makes you cry. You then start to worry that you’ll never find a partner or friend who shares your ideals and you’ll die alone. To make matters worse, all the happy couples you know seem to be miserable behind closed doors. You start to feel like love is a lie and you’ll never find true happiness. You watch your favorite Harry Potter movie so that you can believe in the best of humanity again.

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If you’re an INTP

INTP sleep tip

You’re up late because you have an unfinished podcast, report, or project that’s due tomorrow. You’re trying to finish it, but you keep getting sidetracked by new ideas related (and, let’s face it, unrelated) to the project. Suddenly, you have a Eureka moment and you start working on a whole new project or venture. The new idea is so much better than your original idea that you can’t help but work on it till 5 AM. Finally, you close out of your internet browser (and the 57 tabs left open on it), plug in your phone, and dream about giant algorithms fighting each other to the death.

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If you’re an ENFJ

ENFJ sleep tip

You’re up late because two of your friends are not speaking to each other, and you’re trying to mediate the situation. You can easily see the inconsistencies in each of their arguments, but you know that they’re both too proud to admit they’re wrong. You start to write a long message to each of them, explaining why they should make up, but you eventually fall asleep at your laptop. In the morning, you wake up to find that you accidentally sent the message to both of them.

If you’re an ENTJ

ENTJ sleep tip

You’re up late because you know it’s only a matter of time before the world ends due to global warming, warfare, or a rogue asteroid headed towards the planet. You put together your dream team of people to help you save the world and you start making a plan. But then you realize that your dream team is full of people with different opinions and worldviews. Eventually, everyone would start having pointless arguments and the plan would fall flat. As the sun starts to come up, you finally fall asleep after deciding that the only way to save the world is to take over as its dictator.

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If you’re an INFJ

INFJ sleep tip

You’re up late because your friends keep calling you to trauma-dump all their problems on you. As the designated listener of the group, you feel obligated to stay up and listen to their every problem, even though you have your own problems to deal with. You lie in bed wide awake, trying to figure out your own feelings about things because you’ve been so busy managing everyone else’s personal problems. Right as you’re getting close to an epiphany about one of your own issues, you fall asleep and dream that you’re being chased by a giant, amorphous blob.

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If you’re an INTJ

INTJ sleep tip

You’re up late because you can’t stop thinking about all the things you have to do tomorrow. You make a list in your head of all the things you need to do and then you start planning out how to do them as efficiently as possible. But then you get sidetracked by an article about a new study that debunks the efficiency of your current method. You read more and more articles until you’ve completely lost track of time. As the sun starts to come up, you finally fall asleep after deciding that the only way to really be efficient is to clone yourself.

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If you’re an ESFP

ESFP sleep tip

You’re up late because you’re trying to find a way to make your life more exciting. You feel like you’re stuck in a rut and you don’t know how to get out of it. You start brainstorming ideas for new hobbies, but then you realize that you don’t have the time or money for any of them. So, you start looking up ways to get rich quick. But then you realize that all those methods are illegal. You spend the rest of the night watching videos of people who have been arrested for trying to get rich quick and you finally fall asleep feeling glad that you’re not one of them.

If you’re an ESTP

ESTP sleep tip

You’re up late because you convinced your friends that white-water rafting under the moonlight would be a fun adventure. But now that you’re actually in the raft, people are starting to complain about the icy-cold water (it is March after all) and the fact that the moon is hiding behind the clouds. Wimps. You try to rally the troops and get them pumped up for the adventure, but it’s not working. Eventually, people start bailing out of the raft and you’re left alone to navigate the rapids by yourself. As you finally make it to shore, you realize you lost one of your friends somewhere along the way. You spend the rest of the night searching for them, but you never find them.

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If you’re an ISFP

ISFP sleep tip

You’re up late because you have to make a playlist to help you channel the right mood during your painting session tomorrow. But then you get sidetracked by an article about a your favorite artist and you start reading about their life and work. This leads you to watch a documentary about them, which then leads you to watch a movie that was inspired by their work. You finally fall asleep as the sun starts to come up, feeling inspired to create your own masterpiece.

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If you’re an ISTP

ISTP sleep tip

You’re up late because you’re trying to figure out how to make a working replica of the Batmobile. You’ve been tinkering with it for months, but you just can’t seem to get it right. The wheels keep falling off and the engine keeps catching fire. You’re about to give up when you have a sudden epiphany. You work through the night and finally finish your creation just as the sun comes up. As you take it for a test drive, you realize that you may have created something that is even better than the original.

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If you’re an ESFJ

ESFJ sleep tip

You’re up late because you’re worried about your friend who is going through a tough time. You try baking them a chocolate cake, but then remember that they’re trying to eat healthy. Carrot cake? No, they have a nut allergy. You spend the night looking up recipes and finally settle on a zucchini bread. You stay up all night baking it and then deliver it to your friend’s house early in the morning. They are so touched by your gesture that they start crying and you spend the rest of the day comforting them.

If you’re an ESTJ

ESTJ sleep tip

You’re up late because your kitchen is poorly organized. Your significant other has put the toaster in the wrong place and it’s driving you crazy. You start moving things around, but then you can’t find your favorite knife. So, you start unpacking all the boxes that are still in the kitchen from when you moved in. But then you realize that you don’t know where half of this stuff came from. You spend the rest of the night sorting through everything and trying to find a place for it all. But in the end, you just throw it all in the dumpster.

If you’re an ISFJ

ISFJ sleep tip

You’re up late because you just remembered an embarrassing moment that happened in middle school. Determined to never let anything like that happen again, you start brainstorming a list of social rules that you will never break. However, the more you think about it, the more you realize how many social rules there are and how often you break them without even realizing it. You start to feel overwhelmed and anxious about all the ways you could potentially embarrass yourself.

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If you’re an ISTJ

ISTJ sleep tip

You’re up late because you’re preparing your taxes. You want to make sure that you take advantage of every deduction possible, but you’re not sure if you’re doing it right. So, you spend the night reading through the tax code and trying to figure it out. Then you start Googling everything to make sure you’re not missing anything. You finally fall asleep at your desk just as the sun comes up, accidentally spilling your mug of tea over your laptop in the process and losing all your work.

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What Are Your Thoughts?

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  1. The INTJ portion is absolutely accurate. I always get sidetracked when something intriguing catches my eye; no matter how much I promise myself the contrary.

  2. I am an ENFP who has struggled with insomnia all my life. No jokes, that totally went away when I quit my job at the end of last year and started volunteering/travelling for a living. I am sleeping now, even though my income and future plans are precarious. In my case, a 9/5 was literally robbing me of sleep, and vitality.

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