In college, I would pull all-nighters, head to class in the morning with caffeine running through my veins, take the dreaded final, then head back to my apartment and crawl into bed. Those days are long gone (though the caffeine thing probably still applies). But, today, I seriously cannot function, taking care of my home and kids if I don’t get a good night’s sleep.
Last week, I shared my renewed resolve to make the most of my mornings by getting up early before my children wake up. I also mentioned that if I really want to get a head start on my day, I must go to bed at a good hour.
If you’re on a quest to get more sleep, here are some ways that can help you stick to your bedtime.
Get the kids ready for bed early
How long does it take your kids to get ready for bed? However long it takes, dial your clock back by that much. For our kids, they need to start at 7:30 in order to be in bed by 8. Sometimes, what helps is having them get ready even earlier, like right after dinner, if our plan is just to stay home in the evening.
Set your own bedtime
My husband shared a tip from an article he read to set a bedtime alarm. I thought this was a great idea! You can set an alarm to go off 15 minutes before your bedtime to alert you to wrap up whatever task you’re doing.
Plan your date night
It is possible to have time with your spouse, even with an earlier bedtime. When you reserve an hour or so to hang out with your honey after putting the kids down, you can be more intentional in how you spend that time. Need some fun at-home date night ideas? Check out this post on “How to Have a Date Night When You Don’t Have a Babysitter”
Make your night time to-do list short
If you want be in bed by lights-out, don’t start any major, deep-cleaning chores. Your to-do list should be things that will make your mornings go more smoothly. I shared mine in the previous post, and it includes getting homeschooling and coffee ready for the next day.
Let it go
I’m sorry to have to use an overused line, but sometimes, you just have to “let it go.” I like waking up to a clean sink, but there have been times when I’ve had to go to bed, leaving the sink full of dirty dishes. And you know what? It was still there the next day, and eventually, I got around to tackling it. My point is those unfinished chores will, sooner or later, get done. Maybe you wanted to check them off before the end of the day, but perhaps, it will be a good lesson for the kids the next day on how to fold laundry.
Do you go to bed early? What are some of your tips?
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