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How do you manage to go to bed early?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thanks for all the suggestions about waking up, falling asleep again at night. They are really helpful!

This week we still focus on sleep int he 5% challenge, so I thought to share another quesitons that’s on my mind lately.

Yesterday night, I was successful. I had to catch a train at 5.40am this morning, for this I targeted to get up at 4.40am.

We targeted to go to bed at 21:00, finally we were at sleep at 21:30. So I slept about 7:15h. Usually, we go to bed at 22:00 or 23:00, depending when we need to get up the next day. Most sources I have seen suggest to go to bed at the same time, to make the body learn "bedtime", but other sources suggest to keep it flexible, so we can fall asleep intentionally, not just because of the body clock.

Some days, I manage to go to bed early when I need to get up early, others days, somehow I don’t manage.

What’s the difference?
I didn't investigate it yet, but I see that resisting temptations like checking e-mail, facebook, or doing just another small thing from my to do list helps. These things usually don't take much time, but I noticed in the evening, somehow time can flow away with things without noticing it.

The snow makes the forest beautiful here in Austria. The snow does help going to bed early, everything is quiet, and slow outside.

I was wondering:
Can you go to bed early, when you need to get up early the next day?
If yes, what strategies work for you?
All tips, suggestions are welcome!
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  • KANOE10
    Have you tried herbal teas..like chamomile..or sleepytime tea? I usually read when I want to go to sleep early..I think you are not supposed to exercise right before sleeping and not eat either.

    I just remembered that my son's doctor told him to help to get to sleep do the following: make the room dark..even no lap top light..Only use your bed for sleep..do not read in bed or take your laptop in bed..just use it for sleep. ( I of course read in bed and keep a light on ..)

    1464 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2014 5:21:23 PM
    I'm an early bird so in bed early up early and the regular pattern does help, I almost no longer need a clock to get up
    1466 days ago
    I get up each day at 4:30 a.m. yet I have a terrible time getting to bed when I need to. Ideally, I would retire at about 20:30, read for perhaps 30 minutes, then lights out at 21:00. But the general scenario is that I don't get to bed until around 22:30 or even later. I get up when I need to but I am usually exhausted and don't focus too well. I agree, the distractions are difficult. I also get distracted by social media, and also, cleaning the house, E-mailing my mother, preparing for the next day....any number of things. I have been working to get to bed earlier for a year now. I don't seem to be very successful. They say to shut down the computer about an hour or two before sleep. They say to establish a routine to help you relax. I have done those things but still have not met with success.

    Your snow picture is lovely. We don't get much snow where I live.
    1467 days ago
    I'm naturally a night owl. Getting into bed at a reasonable hour has always been difficult for me. My mind is very active at night and I can easily start a project after supper, lose track of time, and the next thing I know, it's 2 a.m. So, what works for me? I set an alarm. It sounds weird, but I have an alarm to go to bed just like I have an alarm to get up in the morning. Every night when it goes off, I stop what I'm doing-- doesn't matter what it is-- and start my bedtime routine.
    1467 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/13/2014 3:18:27 PM
    I follow the same routine each evening so I just start it earlier when I go to bed earlier. It always includes relaxation.
    1467 days ago
    I always go to bed early and wake early. I get ready with my daughter and go to bed right after she does!
    1467 days ago
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