I’m sure a lot of us are guilty of staying up later than we should. I’ve definitely regretted burning the midnight oil when my alarm goes off early in the morning. For the most part, I’m really good about getting in bed by 9:30 and lights out by 10. But it’s easy to get into a habit of staying up too late. Here are five hacks to help you get to bed earlier.
Make your bed more inviting
Have you ever walked into Pottery Barn and wanted to crawl directly into their beds on display? They make them so inviting and cozy with lots of pillows and layers. That’s exactly what I do in the early evening. Just take a look at the picture above — the bed is pulled down and the shams are behind the pillows making it easy to crawl in and relax. Also, invest in nice bedding. We bought our bedding from Restoration Hardware and although it was hard to spend the money up front, I have never regretted it. My bed feels luxurious and it’s my sanctuary at the end of the day.
No screen time one hour before bed
I’m the worst at this. A lot of times I’ll look at videos of my kids from earlier in the day and before I know it, I’m looking at the very first video I ever took of my daughter four years ago! What I’ve found to work for me is to set my alarm and then charge my phone in another room. Then when it’s time to go to bed, I move it to my nightstand. If I set my alarm right before bed, that’s usually when I start looking at photos or go onto IG or FB. It’s actually become a really helpful habit and now I rarely look at my phone right before I go to bed.
Set an alarm on your phone
If you have the iPhone, set the “bedtime” alarm on your phone. This is so helpful because it sets a definite end time to your evening. I wasn’t so sure about this, but I’ve found that it really helps me turn everything off and get to bed. Since it also tracks and analyzes my sleep, it’s more motivation to improve my sleep. There’s something about seeing it in a graph form!
Give yourself 30 minutes to get ready
I’ve realized it takes me about 30 minutes for my nightly routine. This includes washing my face, flossing, brushing my teeth, cuddling the dog, sneaking into my kid’s room to check on them and getting a few things ready for the next day (backpacks packed, work stuff organized…etc.). I start this at 9pm so that I can be in bed right after that.
Set your alarm 20 minutes earlier
For at least a week, set your alarm 20 minutes earlier than usual. This will help you get in bed on time because you know you’re getting up a little earlier than usual. This also means you’ll have more time to get ready in the morning. I’m always the first one up in my house during the work week. I love getting ready before anyone else is awake so that I can have some time to myself and then focus on getting the kids ready when they’re up.
What’s your sure fire way to get into bed on time?