Gretchen Rubin, author of two New York Times bestsellers, is the go-to gal for the best get-it-together know-how. Here's some wisdom straight from her popular blog - The Happiness Project, to get you on the road to a more productive, healthier you. Read her 5 tips on how to get to bed on time below:
1. Set a specific bedtime for yourself. Many people have no idea what time they “should” go to sleep in order to feel well-rested. Be realistic! If you have to wake up at 7:00 am, staying awake until 1:30 am each night is unlikely to be sufficient.
2. Stretch. A study showed that women who were having trouble sleeping fared much better when they stretched four times a week.
3. An hour before bedtime, avoid work that requires alert thinking. I try to stop myself from checking my emails before I go to bed, because it wakes me up. I made this mistake just last night, in
fact. I got some emails answered, but I was so wound up that it took me forever to go to sleep.
4. Stay away from the internet for at least an hour before your bedtime. Television, too, but I think the internet is even more apt to make me feel artificially wide awake. I used to try to go through my emails one last time before bed, to get a jump on the morning, but I realized that this stimulating activity made it much harder to go to sleep.
5. Don’t wait until you feel sleepy. It’s all too easy to keep yourself alert and busy way past the time that you should be asleep. If you insist that you’re quite wide awake at 1.00 a.m., test yourself: Sit in a dim room with your head back for five minutes. How does it feel? Are you still wide awake?
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