How to get yourself to bed on time

How to get yourself to bed on time

Do you find yourself struggling to get to bed at a decent time? You wake up feeling exhausted, thinking "I'll go to bed early tonight," not wanting to feel that way the next morning. However, evening comes, and you find yourself up late again, and the vicious cycle continues. It's hard to break out of bad habits. But, as the saying goes "where there's a will, there's a way." In this blog, we'll provide a few tips to help you break the cycle.

Set yourself a reminder

One of the reasons you may be going to bed late is because you simply lose track of time. So, make sure to set a reminder for yourself. Put it on your phone right now. In fact, make more than one reminder, set them a few minutes apart. The first reminder could say something like "get ready for bed in 10 minutes" the second could say "get ready for bed now." Whatever works best for you.

Don't get distracted by devices

There could be plenty of reasons you're staying up too late. Maybe that's when you stream your favorite shows, catch up on work, play games, or scroll through social media. There's nothing inherently wrong with these things, but if you do them too close to bedtime, it's easy to get carried away. Set a time to put the devices down. When you do, try some activities that cause you to relax and feel drowsy. You can use the reminder tip here as well, setting a reminder for your cut-off time.

Give yourself positive reinforcement

Sometimes a good night's sleep isn't enough to get you to change your routine, even if it is completely worthwhile! You may need something a little more tangible to help you get motivated. Maybe tell yourself "if I get to bed by (set time) every night this week, I'll buy that outfit I've had my eyes on," or something along those lines. Choose a positive reinforcement that works for you.

Find an accountability partner

Do you know someone else struggling with something? Maybe they're unable to get to sleep at a good time every night too or maybe they're working on another goal. You could agree to be accountability partners. Maybe that person could text you and remind you to get to bed or just check in to see how you're doing on your goal. And, you could do the same for them.

Adopting new habits is hard. But, with a little strategy and determination, you can do this. Just think of the rewards you'll gain from getting a good night's sleep!

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  • Jeremiah Stettler