I want you to get to bed earlier…
It is very hard to wake up early if you go to bed late. And trust me, your best morning routine starts the night before. Creating a solid bedtime routine will help you fall asleep quicker, sleep more soundly, and wake up easier and hopefully earlier in the morning.
The mamas who are the most successful start by consistently implementing the steps I will give you today. It helps to wind down their busy minds and prepare for sleep. Believe me, I am not a stranger to going to bed and spending hours trying to quiet my crazy brain. So even if you aren’t planning to wake up at 5am, these tips help you get a better night’s sleep. I dedicated time to your bedtime routine in case you tried waking up early in the past, but found it hard to maintain. Probably because your weren’t starting the night before.
You may think “I’m a night owl, there’s no way I can get to bed earlier”. Or that’s when I get the TV to myself. Or that’s only time I’m able to read because it’s quiet. But when you look at your productivity, the work you are producing, your stress levels trying to work with kids around, or the amount of time you’re dedicating to self-care…which is more important. Watching TV uninterrupted for 3 hours from 9-midnight? Or that you complete important tasks that move your business forward and make you more money first thing in the morning.
Creating a routine that signals “Time to wind down and get to bed” helps you sleep deeper, dream more, and wake refreshed. You mind will feel clearer and more focused the more sleep you get.
And it will make waking up early, whatever early means to you, easier. Getting adequate sleep boosts your immune system and helps with your mental well being. It boosts creativity and memory functions. It sharpens your focus on activities and gives you more energy. Sign me up!
Not to mention everyone in the house benefits from a well-rested, happier, healthier, less stressed, less anxious, more focused, and more productive mama. 🤘🤘🤘
My 6 Tips to Get to Bed Earlier
- Set a Bedtime Alarm…First, set a bedtime alarm for 45-60 minutes before you’d like to have lights out. You can use a phone to set an alarm. Or set up a routine on your digital assistant to remind you it’s time to wind down.
- Cut off Stimulants…Second, make sure you cut off any caffeine, stimulants or alcohol well before bedtime. These things make it hard for you to fall asleep. And can diminish the quality of your sleep once you get there.
- Turn Off Your Screens…Next, turn off the TV and put down your phone 30-60 minutes before bedtime. You might have heard of the hormone melatonin which helps you fall asleep and wake up. The blue light and stimulation from screens disrupt the release of melatonin which helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Shutting down the screens helps to re-regulate your melatonin release to fall asleep.
- Dim the Lights…Dimming the lights or turning off overhead lights as it gets closer to bedtime helps signal sleep to your body. The melatonin in your body naturally responds to it getting darker and in turn, starts prepping you to fall asleep. A great trick if you don’t have dimmer switches in your house is to use a wifi-enabled lightbulb. You can either use your digital assistant and set up a regular routine for the lights to slowly get dimmer. Or you can use your phone to dim you lamp when your bedtime alarm goes off.
- Read Fiction…If you are a night time reader, read something that is non-stimulating. Fiction helps your brain wind down and stimulate dreams. Choose it over self-help. You know, a book that’s telling you all the things you need to fix about your life or business. This tip was a game-changer for me.
- Create a Calming Ritual…And finally, creating some sort of calming ritual you do to signal to your body it’s time to sleep. It could be a nighttime tea. A skincare routine. A nighttime meditation. Stretching. Pretty much anything that calms your body. Perform it regularly to wind down your mind and body to fall asleep faster and stay asleep. And wake up feeling refreshed.
Feeling motivated to create a routine to help you get to bed earlier? Start by committing to at least one of today’s steps. Then tell me in the comments which step you’re committing to. I look forward to hearing about your night routine.
And don’t miss my other morning routine post like Mindset Tips for a Mom Morning Routine, 6 Ways to Wake Up Earlier, and What to Do If Your Morning Routine Needs a Kickstart.
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