Let's face it, waking up to the dream-shattering sound of an alarm is not the best way to start your day. If you want to get to bed on time, just keep reminding yourself how great it feels to wake up on your own in the morning. Photo by Giulia Di Sacco.
According to Gretchen Rubin, the author of Better Than Before, finding a good bedtime and sticking to it is all about finding the right balance between your before bed activities and how you want to feel:
Remind yourself how great it feels to wake up naturally, before the alarm goes off, without that sickening jolt into wakefulness. Then, when you're surfing the internet at 11:30 p.m., ask yourself, "Am I making a good trade-off?"
When you start to get sucked into your old routine of watching TV or scrolling through Facebook before bed, decide if those activities are more valuable than the pleasure of getting enough sleep and waking up in peace. With a little foresight every night, you'll develop a pretty beneficial habit.
Seven Tips for Getting Yourself to Bed On Time [Gretchen Rubin]