Even when you know that it’s time to go to bed, you might find yourself suddenly busy or not sleepy at all. This is actually more common than you probably think; you’re not the only one who regularly stays awake reading a book or watching TV at night when you know you should be sleeping!
Here are just a few things you can do to keep yourself from procrastinating so much before bed:
- Turn down the thermostat.Sleep experts recommend that you sleep in an environment that is just a little cooler than what you’re comfortable in during the day. For most people, this is around 68 degrees at night. Around nine out of 10 people regularly wake up at night, and 86% of these people say that the issue is often temperature-related. Turning down the thermostat at night can also be little motivation to climb into bed under your warm covers!
- Read a book at the kitchen table.You are less likely to put down a good book (or any enjoyable activity) when you’re sitting in a comfy recliner or on your bed. Even though the activity might be relaxing, you’ll probably find yourself staying up much later than you had intended!
- Avoid working or answering emails after a certain time in the evening.It can be hard to separate your personal life from your work life when technology has made it so easy to stay connected. Not only will you find it harder to fall asleep after staring at a glowing screen for a couple of hours, but your brain will also be “turned on,” so to speak. You’re more likely to stay awake and keep working when you’re thinking about all of the stressful things that need to be done the next day.
If nothing else, try to establish a routine before you go to bed. Many people will take a warm bath or read a book (ideally a paper book) before hitting the sack; others will relax with a soothing cup of chamomile tea and a crafty project (like knitting or coloring). Investing in a high-quality pillow and adjustable bed mattress will also help you feel a little more excited to climb into bed every night!