Daylight Savings Time is bittersweet for me. I love the extra hours of daylight in the evening, but I hate losing precious hours of beauty sleep. During this time change, it gets extremely difficult to wake up early and on time in the morning, let alone fall asleep at a decent time.
I have every intention of going to sleep earlier each night, but my mind is still going a million miles an hour and it never ends up happening. I have experimented with quite a few ways to go to bed earlier over the years, including breathing exercises, and have found some promising results that work for me.
Here are three ways to get to bed earlier while maintaining your sanity:
Reducing light exposure
Your body produces melatonin at night to assist you in sleeping, but when your retinas pick up on light exposure (especially blue light from electronics), it suppresses the production of melatonin.
Try unplugging or covering any light from chargers or electronics overnight. You can also buy special blackout curtains to reduce the light coming into your room in the morning or in the evening if it is still light outside when you are attempting to go to sleep.
Establish a sleep routine
Getting your mind and body accustomed to a routine is key to having a good night’s rest. Do something that relaxes you like reading, taking a bath or listening to relaxing music.
I find drinking warm chamomile tea assists me in sleeping, since chamomile has a calming effect. Meditation and breathing exercises have also calmed me, in addition to using a lavender spray on my pillows.
Put away electronics
I am the WORST offender when it comes to this. It has become a horrible habit for me to grab my phone, laptop or turn on Netflix to wind down at the end of the day.
Another thing I have made a bad habit of is working on my side hustle during late hours of the night. Working on your side hustle or winding down with Netflix is fine, as long as you have a set time to turn it off and put all electronics away by a set time each night.
Not only is the blue light suppressing your production of melatonin, but it also delays your body’s internal clock and increases alertness.
Have tips that help you get to bed earlier? Comment your bedtime routine below!