Are you getting enough sleep? Do you feel tired when you wake up? The chances are, like most of us, you are not getting a good sleep every single night. But do you really need a bedtime?
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Remember you had one when you were a child, you probably hated and wanted to stay up late with your friends or watch TV.
Then you grew up and went to bed when you felt like it. This was great until you started falling asleep in class or showing up late for work. What about that 2:30 p.m. crash? What if I told you, you can fix all of these problems simply by having a bedtime?
1. Fall Asleep Faster
Your brain works very well with routines because it recognizes patterns easily. By going to bed at the same time every night, your brain will start to get itself ready for sleep even before you get to bed. Do you normally eat lunch at a certain time when working?
Maybe 12:00 p.m. is your lunch break. I bet you start to get hungry 30 minutes to an hour before.
This is because your brain expects that you are going to eat soon so it makes you hungry. Now you can do this with sleep too! The more you do it the more effective it becomes.
2. Better Nights Sleep
Everything we do in life has a start time and an end time, whether it be with work or sports. In that set amount of time, we try to get everything done or put everything we have on the court.
Sleep is more important than any of those because during sleep is when our bodies heal and rest. What if we thought about sleep as if it were a sport? By dedicating a section of time to focus on sleep, you will naturally sleep better because you have nothing to distract you.
3. Increased Productivity
It will lead to better use of your time because now you have a cutoff point. Knowing that you have to be in bed at a certain time will force you to get more done before bedtime.
Have you ever had to finish an assignment or report before the end of class or work day?
I bet you got it done before the deadline. It can work the same with a bedtime.
You will put more effort into the hours before your bedtime to get everything done. With practice, you might even get more done than you used to!
4. Stay True To Yourself
Now that you have a commitment to your bed, you might have to make some sacrifices. When you want to start a movie but its 40 minutes before your bedtime, I guess you can’t watch a movie. When your friend asks you to go to the club, I guess you can’t.
Now there are times where it’s okay to stay up late but once you build this habit, you will really see how large of an effect it has on you.
Then you will be even more dedicated to your bedtime! You will notice that you used to prioritize TV instead of your sleep. Meaning that watching a movie was more important than your health.
I bet you didn’t think you were doing this. But now you get to ask yourself, what do I value most? If you have a bedtime, chances are you will lean towards sleep more often.
5. Consistent Sleep Habits
By building the habit of going to bed at the same time, you will find yourself getting the same sleep every night. Maybe it won’t be the best every night but you will feel pretty good most days. This is all thanks to the good habit you have built.
Once it becomes a habit you don’t have to force yourself into it.
It becomes the norm and will lead to consistent better sleep. This can even lead to getting up at the same time every day, thus increasing the consistency of your good sleep!