Okay, so you go to bed too late to get enough sleep? Humans need about eight hours of sleep. (I know, I can feel some eyes rolling.) If you don’t believe this, there will be another blog post just for you.
Anyway, this process is perfect if you need to get up at a certain time on a regular basis, but go to bed way too late to get enough sleep and feel rested. It is also great for you if you lay in bed awake for hours before falling asleep.
Follow these steps to get your mind and body ready for sleep at bedtime:
- Track your sleep. What time do you go to bed, fall asleep, and wake up in the morning? Do you wake up in the middle of the night? If so, how many times, and how long does it take to return to sleep?
- Start going to bed at the time you typically fall asleep. Do this for one week.
- Move your bedtime 15 minutes earlier each week until you are sleeping eight hours per night.
This process takes patience and discipline. This may seem like way too much to ask, but set an alarm to wake up at the same time every morning. Sleeping in, even just one day, will only cause your efforts to backfire.
Looking for more scientifically-proven steps for better sleep?