If you read this title and skeptically opened this blog post, I just want you to know this is coming from someone who used to sleep in until 11:30 whenever possible. These tips may not be earth-shattering or surprising in any way, but they worked for me. I hope they work for you, too!
- Go to bed at the same time every night. Pick a time, and start your “get ready for bed” routine about an hour before you hit the sack.
- Get organized for the next day – pack your lunch, bags, etc.
- Turn most of your lights down.
- Drink some non-caffeinated tea. I love chamomile tea before bed.
- Set your alarm and turn your phone on silent.
- Major key: keep your phone in a different room while you sleep. This was a game changer for me.
- No matter how tired you are when your alarm goes off the next morning, JUST GET UP. I used to find it so difficult to go to bed early because I wasn’t tired yet at 8:30-9:00 pm. But when you consistently get up at 4:30, I promise, you’ll be tired.
- I also think it helped my sleep schedule tremendously when I started working out in the morning. It’s an incredible feeling to go home after work and not have to get hyped up to workout in the evening. You would think that working out in the evening would be good because you’d be exhausted afterwards, but for me, it just makes it harder to get to bed at a decent time.
- MOVE during the day. If you truly work very hard all day, whether that’s through light movement, exercise, and just thinking/reading/working, it will tire you out. There was a time in college where I developed some terrible sleeping habits. I’m a firm believe that this was because I was extremely inactive, other than my workout for the day. If you sit around all day, and sit around all night, is your bed really going to be that relaxing?
- Super obvious tip here, I know, but QUIT drinking caffeine so late during the day. This will help you relax so much once you’re home for the day and getting ready for bed. I drink one Spark in the morning and another one around 1 or 2 pm, and believe me… I’m still exhausted around 7:30-8:00. #grannylife
- Learn your caffeine tolerance and figure out what works for you!
When you control your sleep schedule, you can control your life! I swear, people think it’s “cool” to be sleep-deprived, and live off of ungodly amounts of caffeine just to stay afloat. Adequate sleep = good workouts = healthy relationships = productive work = HAPPY LIFE