Waking up early is majorly spoken about as being difficult (if you’re looking for some tips in that, visit how to wake up early – 7 tips), but sleeping early is not always an easy task either! If you have the opportunity to sleep early I bet you can come up with a lot of other things to do…. except for sleeping. And those things will vary from watching some (more) Netflix to plainly doing nothing.
So I thought to give you some practical tips to go to sleep at an earlier time. Sleeping early means more (quality) sleep which consequently means that you’ll be of great help to the health of your mind and body.
Set an alarm
This one is very helpful if you’re figuring out how to start to sleep early. For example: if you want to go to sleep at 10 PM, set the alarm for 9.30PM so you can get up and make yourself ready for sleep.
Have a standard nighttime routine
Have a standard nighttime routine that you follow before going to bed. If you get up at 9.30PM, go to your closet, choose some comfy PJs, and move on to the bathroom for a shower. If you’re not the one to shower in the evening, then just do what you see necessary that you do before getting under the covers. Over time, your body and mind will kind of recognize what you’re doing and that what follows this routine is sleeping. Consequently, you get in a more relaxed mindset, which is very helpful at nighttime, right?
Do something that relaxes you
Do something that relaxes you before you go to sleep. Whether this is drinking a cup of tea (chamomile tea is known for its relaxing effect) or reading a book. Oh, and by the by…
Browsing through your phone is not relaxing
Are you used to looking through your phone before bedtime? Limit screen time before you go to sleep because looking to a lit screen prevents your brain from releasing the hormone that’s needed to fall and stay asleep. Pull a book out instead, you won’t regret it!
Let me tell you my favorite kind of books to read before bedtime. Actually, there are only two, so no list needed. I love to read fiction novels with an element of either comedy or drama. And I want to recommend to you a book in the last-mentioned category. The book “The girl you left behind” by Jojo Moyes had a great impact on me, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it a couple days after I read the whole thing. Let me know what you think of that book if you’ve read it and show me your recommendations as well!
What if you’re turning into an overthinking-machine as soon as you lay down?
If you recognize this in yourself, try to write down your thoughts. I know someone who used his voice recorder to record his thoughts. That’s quite effective too! This way you distance yourself from the thoughts that are bothering you.
What if you can’t fall asleep?
When I find myself wide awake and I want to sleep really bad, this is what helps me. Imagine being in a relaxing environment. Watch yourself take a walk on the beach while you hear the sea, or laying down in the grass looking at the deep blue sky. Try to block all other thoughts and tell yourself that thinking is for the daytime, not when you want to go to sleep.
I’d love to hear what you tips in sleeping early are! Share them below!