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 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 SAHM I would be getting up earlier than 6:00!
Update: My son is now waking up at 6:30. Praise the Lord! 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!
Let’s just be real here. I’m not good friends with mornings! It takes me a little while to reach functioning mode after getting up. Having a little time to wake myself up before my son gets 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 I need to get up earlier is so that I can have 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.
Of course, everyone’s home schedule is different. But for me the best time to be in bed is 9:00 so that I can be up by 5:30. There have been two evenings this month when I stayed up until 9:30 and I felt it the next day!
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. If I don’t schedule time to read, I often forget to do it.
I love following an evening routine which helps me get things done earlier in the evening so that I can get to bed on time!
Do you have a reason that you would like to start going to bed earlier?
P. S. If you want help establishing an evening routine, check out this detailed course, Make Over Your Evenings* by Crystal Paine. She walks you step-by-step in creating the right routine for you!
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