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Four tricks to make yourself sleep earlier

Camillia Dass


Published: 20 April 2016, 1:36 PM

Read this if you are a chronic late sleeper.

Sleeping late is something that is almost unavoidable. With tons of schoolwork and millions of YouTube videos to watch, it can be hard to fall asleep at a reasonable time regularly.

If you have been losing shut-eye over your nocturnal activities, these few tricks might help you sleep earlier.

1. Set a time to sleep

There is a famous saying that goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Likewise, you need to tell yourself that you are going to sleep at a specific time. Make sure that you stick to it too. That will give you fewer opportunities to watch just one more video, because you will feel guilty if you’re not asleep by then.

 

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YOU NEED TO PLAN AHEAD IF YOU WANT YOUR PLANS TO GO YOUR WAY. PHOTO CREDIT: WILLIAMHORBERG.TYPEPAD.COM
2. Turn your bedroom into a gadget-free zone

Face it, everyone uses their phone or laptop in bed. The trick behind sleeping early is to not do that.

Once you enter your room, switch off your gadgets or lock them in a cage. Just do whatever it takes to keep your gadgets away from your bed.

 

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WINDING DOWN WITH A PHONE IN BED MIGHT DISRUPT YOUR SLEEPING PATTERNS. PHOTO CREDIT: IYOGIBLOG.COM

When you can kick back and scroll mindlessly through your Instagram feed and watch every single Snapchat story in comfort, you tend to lose track of time. Pretty soon, you will find that it’s midnight and you have to be up in six hours.

That is when you start to regret jumping in bed with your gadgets.

3. Create a night time routine

With our hectic school projects and ever changing timetables, it can be hard to lock down a routine. But, with a night time routine, you might be able to force your body to adjust to your new bed time faster.

 

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PLAN A ROUTINE AND STICK TO IT.

Start your routine at a specific time every single night. Do include relaxing activities like turning on a dimmer light, reading a chapter of a book, or drinking a warm drink (not coffee, though!).

These activities might trick your body into thinking that it’s time to sleep. Soon enough, you will start to feel sleepy naturally, which is a good thing.

4. Wake up earlier

You are probably cringing at this point, but hear me out.

The earlier you wake up, the more waking hours you have in the day. The more waking hours you have, the more productive you will be. And the more productive you are, the more tired you will be at the end of the day.

It’s pretty much science.

 

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SOME PEOPLE NEED MORE THAN A NUDGE, AND IT’S OKAY.

If you are reading this when you should be asleep, here’s your not so gentle reminder to GO TO SLEEP NOW!


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