Our bodies need at least 8 hours of sleep every night in order to function at optimal levels. But going to bed early instead of binge-watching a favorite tv series is a hard decision to make.
I mean, who seriously wants to admit they need to get on a sleep schedule? Don’t worry though. Getting on a sleep schedule is both a healthy and natural approach to improving your overall health without spending money.
Additionally, implementing a sleep schedule can provide you with a wide range of benefits that go beyond the snooze button.
Go To Bed Early
The best way to ensure that you get enough sleep is to go to bed early. Sit down and create a sleep schedule that you would like to start and then begin with going to bed at the time that you decided on.
The first few nights may feel like a pain, but the habit of going to bed early helps to get your body adjusted to this new time.
Read A Book
When I first started going to bed earlier, I was not sleepy. My mind was racing and I was wide awake – night after night. So many times, I wanted to get up out the bed and go into the living room with my husband to watch tv.
But I didn’t.
Instead, I decided to pick up a book and read to help prepare me for sleep. Those 15 to 20 minutes that I took to read and calm my mind enabled me to have a better chance of falling asleep quicker.
Turn Off Lights & Electronics
I have been guilty of making the effort to go to bed early, only to be laying there on my cell phone for hours at a time.
Before you know it, you’re still up scrolling through Pinterest or Facebook when the next day comes around.
It’s best to turn off all lights in the room and avoid playing with or on electronics. When you get in the bed, prepare to sleep. In order to do that, you need to create an environment that enables you to do so.
Play Soft Music
For those who find it really hard to fall asleep, music may be the answer. You will be amazed what playing soft music can do for you. It can transform a room into an oasis, a long night into a retreat and much more.
My favorite music to play is the calming music that is used for meditation or spas. They are so calming and soothing that they instantly lead you to a peaceful sleep.
Another favorite is ocean sounds playing lightly in the background. The refreshing sounds are a relaxing way to end the day.
Thousands of people all over the world struggle with sticking to a sleep schedule. You don’t have to. By going to bed early, reading a book, turning off the lights and playing soft music, you can be well on your way to a full night’s sleep.
If you have struggled with your sleep schedule before share your story! We would love to read them in the comments.