5 Ways to Help You Get to Bed Early

image 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.

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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. image

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. image

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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15 thoughts on “5 Ways to Help You Get to Bed Early

  1. One of my resolutions this year is to get to bed early, but it is SO HARD! Its the only time all day I have to myself or with my hubby, so I havent been doing a very good job! These are great tips though.. if i would only listen to them! 😉

    1. So true! It is VERY hard to stick with this. Sometimes I’ll get a second wind, and I want to start doing things that I can never seem to get done during the day. But I know I’ll hate life in the morning when the rest of the world won’t sleep in (or at least, my kids won’t).

  2. I really need to start going to bed earlier! I always find my husband and I are staying up later and later just hanging out downstairs. Once my toddler started sleeping through the night we felt like we could stay up ourselves.

    1. My husband and I like hanging out too after the kiddies go down. It’s funny because we’ve taken turns getting sleepy-eyed while watching a movie or even talking, but we fight it because we want our time alone together. 🙂 It helped when we both decided to commit to sleeping earlier. We make up for it on the weekends.

  3. A very good list of ways to get started. I am at an advantage here (I guess it’s an advantage) as my eyes start shutting on their own free will starting at about 8:30. In the summer, my daughter stays up way later than I do. Ha!

    1. Haha! Same is true for me now that I’m pregnant. Even when I want to stay up, the fatigue will just hit me like a truck, and it’s no use fighting it.

  4. Great tips! I like the setting an alarm one because it’s so easy to lose track of time and be up much later. By the way, i’ve been getting up around 5 this week and no matter how quiet I am, my daughter wakes up too and comes downstairs…then the baby…. I can’t win 🙂 No alone time for me, ever!! ha ha

    1. Oh, I know what you mean! When I began committing to getting up that early, at least one of my kids’ internal alarm clock goes off to tell them Mommy is up. If I keep dialing back to get my morning alone time, I would have to get up at 3 am!

  5. Pretty good ideas!! Although not applicable to my lifestyle since I’m working at night. Hehehe.I’m gonna have to share it with my husband though because they usually sleep very late. Like as late as 2am!! I have to prepare my son since he’s attending school soon!

    1. It’s tough when you and the hubby have different schedules. We were like that before. My husband worked while the rest of us were sleeping. And it was tough for him to sleep during the day because we wanted to hang out together.

  6. I switched to going to bed earlier a while ago and it was a huge adjustment but I love it. My mornings are peaceful and I have time now to pray, meditate, and be with God before my kids get up. A mommy who’s connected with God first thing is a much happier.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    1. Yes, absolutely! To have that time with the Lord first thing in the morning is worth the effort to getting to bed early.

  7. I agree with number 2! I’ve been doing this lately and it’s made a huge difference. I’m getting up early to spend time with God and write as a result. It’s amazing how far a little self-discipline can go!

    1. Yes, it really does make a big difference. It’s not that difficult to get up early in the mornings when I know I had enough sleep.

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