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Practical Tips to Help You Go to Bed Earlier

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Do you need to got to bed earlier?

I did too!

In January I had big plans to start getting up 30 minutes earlier than my son at 6:00.

Well, it didn’t happen!

Our household passed around the cold and flu bugs for most of January which meant that I didn’t get great sleep at night, and I was worn out.

Besides that, I wasn’t going to bed at a consistent time and that never helps me sleep very well.

I decided that I was going to try to wake up before my son again in February.

Guess what?!

My son has started waking up earlier and earlier. Some mornings he is awake at 5:45!

We really can’t push his bedtime up any later, so unfortunately it is something I am going to have to get used to.

This month, I’ve been getting up between 5:15-5:30 so that I can have some quiet time before Junior wakes.

Let me say that never in a million years did I think that as a stay at home mom I would be getting up earlier than 6:00!

Update: My son is now waking up at 6:30. So now I am getting up at 6:00. Much better!

But a mom has to do what a mom has to do!

In order to wake up this early, I have to go to bed early.

I follow a few people on Periscope, and Crystal Paine is one of them. Right now she is doing a Go to Bed Early Challenge and blogging about it.

She advised those taking the challenge to decide why you want to go to bed early, commit to a time, and figure out how you are going to do it.

Maybe you are thinking about getting more sleep or wanting to get to bed earlier. I’m sharing my why below so that it might encourage you!

Why and How I'm going to bed early


1. If you go to bed earlier, you will probably wake up earlier. 

Let’s just be real here.

Unless you are a “morning person”, mornings are hard!

If you are like me, it takes time to reach functioning mode after getting up.

Having a little time to wake yourself up before your children get up makes all the difference.

I am much happier and able to be a mom when I get a chance to wake up first.

Another reason to get up earlier is so that you can do things that would otherwise be neglected.

One thing I love doing is having quiet time with the Lord first thing.

Last year I tried to do my quiet time in the afternoon while my son napped, but I have found that I usually have a million other things that I want to get done in the afternoons and usually put my quiet time off.

In February, I have really enjoyed the quiet stillness first thing in the morning for my time with the Lord, and it always helps set my attitude for the day.

2. Going to bed earlier will help you get better sleep. 

If you wake up tired, you probably didn’t get much sleep, and most of us aren’t getting enough sleep.

Think about what time you need to get up in the mornings and count back at least 8 hours. That’s the time you should be in bed. Of course everyone is different, but most people need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Also, if you start going to bed at a consistent time (aka bedtime for adults), your body will become accustomed to that and it will be easier to fall asleep.


1. Commit to a bedtime.

It’s so tempting to stay up late and binge Netflix or finish a good book, but if you want the benefits of going to bed early, have to commit to doing it.

Think of your commitment in small steps. Commit to going to bed at a certain for one week.

Then try again for another week. If you get through an entire month, it will start to feel like a habit.

You may even want to reward yourself when you follow through.

2. Follow a wind down evening routine. 

I have found that I don’t sleep well if I am on the computer or watching TV right before bed. So I am making sure all electronics are off by 8:30.

That way I can start winding down.

I try to read for at least 10-15 minutes each night before bed.

Reading not only helps calm my mind, but it also is a scheduled time for me to get some reading in for the day.

I also love following an evening cleaning routine which helps me get things done earlier so that I can get to bed on time!

Someone who helped me establish an evening routine is Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom.

She is basically, the queen of routines, and I love how practical she is! Thankfully, she created a course called Make Over Your Evenings.

She teaches you how to simplify your evenings so that you can go to bed earlier and get the rest you need!

3. Remember the “why” for going to bed early.

Whenever something is difficult to do, it super important to remember why you are doing it.

You may even want to think through specific reasons that you personally want to got to bed early and write those reason down.

That way you can refer to them when you are tempted to stay up late.

Going to bed earlier takes commitment and self discipline. If you understand the benefits, it will be much easier for you to accomplish your goal!





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19 thoughts on “Practical Tips to Help You Go to Bed Earlier

    1. That is so good, Camille! Yes, just an hour makes a difference. It is so hard to get to bed early especially after the kids have gone to bed and there is quiet free time to enjoy. I just want to make the free time last as long as possible! 🙂

  1. I think the little ones have extra sensory hearing they know exactly when Mom’s are up! Just like you morning is the best time for me to work though.

    I’ve had a few hard to sleep night the past few days. Not sure why but last night was a dream! 8 hours of blissful sleep. I’m now programmed (retired school bus driver) to wake up early so going to bed early is my only option.

    Have a great productive day!

  2. I am not a morning person myself but I have a hard time turning everything off by 8:30 or so. Being disabled, I am a little dependent on others and their schedule but I would love to go to bed earlier and rise earlier too. It seems my best writing is done in the middle of the night. However, I am going to try and change things up for my health and I’m sure it will help me going forward. Thanks for sharing and may God bless you and yours!(found you on shine blog hop)

    1. Thank you for visiting from the blog hop, Horace. Depending on other people’s schedules can definitely be a challenge. I hope that you are able to make the changes that you need for your health. Getting enough sleep make such a difference!

  3. I adore Crystal Paine and her blog. I heard about this going to bed early challenge but I already go to bed / wake up early enough.

    I think having time to ourselves in the morning is vital and going to bed early enough is what helps me do that!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

    1. Yes, I’m a big Crystal Paine fan too! I love how much she wants to help others. I’m so glad you have disciplined yourself to go to bed and get up early. I am still a work in progress, but each day it gets easier. Having alone time in the morning helps set my attitude for the day which is so important. Thank you for hosting the blog hop!

  4. I enjoy my morning time so much, but struggle getting to bed early. I have been focusing on making sure I get enough sleep, but then that cuts into my early morning alone time. Winding down with a book is perfect…but I struggle at walking away from my computer early enough to do it!

    I agree that Crystal is great motivation to help use your mornings and evenings wisely! I took her Make Over Your Mornings course and loved it.

    1. I have heard several people say that they enjoyed Crystal’s course. I read 2 of her books and learned so much from her. Turning off the computer is a challenge for me too. It seems like there is always blog work that needs to be done. I like to set an alarm on my phone to remind myself of the time, and that has helped.

      1. Setting an alarm on your phone is a great idea! I’m happy it works for you. I used to do that…but I just ignored the alarm. 🙁

        1. There have been nights in the past when I ignored the alarm too! But this month, I’ve worked really hard at being realistic with what I can get done in the amount of time that I have, and if I don’t finish it in time, I have come to terms with just letting it wait until tomorrow. That has really helped me!

  5. I get the why, it’s the how that kills me! Getting up early so I have time to pray, recalibrate, plan my day, and maybe if I’m lucky even study my scriptures for a few minutes – sounds like a great idea. But in practice, it never ever works for us! No matter how quiet I try to be, at least one little someone always hears me and wakes up when I get up, and then we are all tired and cranky. Wish I had a better solution.

    1. I can relate, Jenny. We have a small home, and my son can hear my every move. I literally tiptoe in the mornings and ever so carefully open my Bible or study book so that I don’t wake my son. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t! I have learned that I just have to be flexible and take the quiet time that I can get. I hope you can figure some way to get some early morning time to yourself even if for just a few minutes!

  6. Hi Emily,
    Going to bed early and waking up early has been one of my goals for this year as well. One week so far, I did an EXCELLENT job and boy it was amazing all the things I was able to get down before my toddlers woke up. I like your idea of reading before going to bed. I rarely get to read a book, so this would be nice.
    Good luck! 🙂

    1. Hi AJ! Reading for bed helps me get more reading done. If I didn’t “schedule” it, I wouldn’t get much reading done. Congrats on getting up before your toddlers! It really makes a big difference being able to get things done when you have the house all to yourself.

  7. Ah, to go to bed early. I’ve been battling chronic insomnia lately, and I haven’t been able to fall asleep before 3 a.m. for the last several days, no matter what I do. Literally lying in bed for upwards of four hours, exhausted but wide awake. It’s really wearing on me, and making it SO hard to be bright-eyed in the morning for my son. I hope it goes away soon, as I’m going back to work and would love to have some quiet time in the mornings before I have to get him up for daycare.

    1. Oh, Monica, that is no fun! It can be hard to fall asleep when there is a lot on my mind. On those nights I have to purposefully turn my brain off. I hope that you are able to get back to better sleep soon!

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