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.
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!
REASONS TO GO 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.
HOW TO GO TO BED EARLIER
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!