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How to get more sleep by getting to bed earlier

Free Get To Bed Earlier Challenge

Are you in the habit of staying up too late? Do you get caught up in mindless social media scrolling, binging on Netflix, or working on into the night even when you know you have to be up early? 

It’s that time of year when the clocks go back an hour and a perfect chance to get into the habit of getting to bed earlier.

Join the ‘GET TO BED EARLIER CHALLENGE’!

Quality sleep is the number one way to feel better physically and emotionally. The earlier you go to bed, the better chance you have of getting all the sleep you need. If you’re not going to bed until near midnight and your alarm is set for 6.30am, you’ve already made it impossible to have eight full hours of sleep, which is the average recommended amount for adults. Yes, everyone is different and some people need more or less sleep than this. Become more intentional and aware and you’ll learn what your ideal number of hours of sleep per night is. 

Sleep, Glorious Sleep! 

  • Experiment with sleep times until you know how many hours of sleep you need to feel like your best self.
  • Determine what time you will need to turn the lights out based on what time you need to be up the next morning. 
  • Set ‘winding down time’ reminder to go off each evening to prompt you to turn off the tech and go brush your teeth, wash your face, etc.
  • Create some lovely before-bed rituals to look forward to, such as a candle-lit bath, meditation, Yoga Nidra, or climbing into bed with a good book.

My bed is my sanctuary and a place I absolutely love to crawl into. I’ve given myself a ‘no tech after 10’ rule on weeknights to make sure I don’t get caught in the trap of endlessly scrolling social media. I’m far more happy and productive the following day when I get to bed earlier. I also use my Dream Journal for exploring my dream world and tapping into my intuition.

If I don’t get my optimum sleep, I’m operating substandard, feeling fuzzy-headed, unfocused, lethargic and irritable. The voice in my head becomes negative towards myself and others. I lack motivation. I lose my resolve and surrender to cravings and bad habits. I feel more emotional and sensitive, and I take it out on those I love the most. 

I’m normally very good about getting to bed on time, but like anyone, I fall into poor habits and need to press the reset button ever so often. 

That’s why I’ve created the GET TO BED EARLIER CHALLENGE! Are you with me on this? 

Get to Bed Earlier Challenge

If you’re in the early days of motherhood or have a child who wakes in the night, you’ll need to find ways to rest more, get some help and let go of thinking you can achieve all that you want to in a single day. Be extra kind to yourself and have faith that this phase will pass.

This challenge is designed for those with self-inflicted sleep deprivation. Anyone who stays up too late even though they know they have to be up early.

I’m not here to tell you what time you need to get to bed and I won’t be tucking you in or reading you a bedtime story. I’m providing the inspiration and motivation to figure this out for yourself. YOU are the expert of you and know how much sleep you need to be your best self the following day.  When you sign up for the free challenge, you’ll be sent all that you need to get started on whichever night you decide is best for you. (Why not make it tonight?)

Show yourself some love and get into healthy sleep habits – join the FREE Get To Bed Earlier Challenge here.

In the comments below, tell me how many hours of sleep you ideally need to feel your optimum best. How many hours are you actually getting? Do you get to bed too late? What are your nighttime time-sucks?

Thanks to everyone who keeps sharing about the challenge! Tag me on social media. On Instagram tag @kellyprojectme and I’ll add you to my Stories. I’m also on Facebook here.

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18 Comments

  1. Debbie on October 22, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Oh man am I ever IN!! Thank you Kelly. Definitely in some bad habits of social media scrolling until my eyeballs pop out. It’s not good for me. Signing up NOW!

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on October 24, 2019 at 2:44 PM

      Yep – that’s such a common habit and one you can break with this challenge. Let me know how you get on with it Debbie! 🙂 xx

  2. Zoe on October 22, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    I’m in too. I say I never have time to read books and have a whole stack of them on my bedside table, but then I get into bed too late to keep my eyes open. This challenge sounds perfect. Thank you! x

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on October 24, 2019 at 2:45 PM

      Same with me Zoe! I get into a great getting into bed to read habit, but then summer throws me off and it takes me until October to remember WHY this is so important to me. All the best with the challenge Zoe! xx

  3. Melissa Ryan on October 22, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    No tech after 10 sounds like a good rule for me to abide by too. I have signed up and have already printed out the worksheet and look forward to filling it out in bed this evening – early! You always come up with the best ideas to help us! Huge thanks for all that you do!

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on October 24, 2019 at 2:47 PM

      No Tech After 10 is such a good rule for me and hope it works well for you too Melissa. Thanks for your lovely words – I LOVE creating these ideas for myself and then sharing them with all of you. 🙂 xx

  4. Ryo on October 23, 2019 at 6:59 AM

    Great, this is what I really needed! I will start tonight! Thanks Kelly! x

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on October 24, 2019 at 2:47 PM

      Fabulous Ryo! Let me know the difference it makes to you. xx

  5. Monique on October 23, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    go to bed too late…guilty of the electronics before bed too!!!

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on October 24, 2019 at 2:48 PM

      I hope you’ll join the challenge then Monique! The worksheet that comes with it is GOLD for helping you get behind your WHY for wanting to climb into bed earlier. xx

  6. Louisa on October 23, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    In!! Thanks Kelly. I need this! xx

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on October 24, 2019 at 2:49 PM

      Wonderful Louisa! Let’s keep each other accountable over in Project WE. 🙂 xx

  7. Jill on October 23, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    This is perfect for me! I think I need 7-8 hours of sleep – but this will help me fine tune that. I love nights when I get in bed early enough to read for a while, and not feel like I’m exhausted at night or the next morning. I hope that through this challenge I’ll be able to get some idea of why I resist going to bed earlier! Thanks Kelly!

    • Sam on October 23, 2019 at 6:49 PM

      I need 8 hours sleep minimum, and I do get that most nights but I have fallen into the habit of watching Netflix for an hour in bed and then I put on a sleep meditation.
      I live in New Zealand so our clocks went forward a few weeks ago and spring is here . I wake up tired most mornings so would love to do the challenge.

      • Kelly Pietrangeli on October 24, 2019 at 2:52 PM

        Sam I love that you’ll do the challenge even though you’re on the other side of the globe! I think you’ll get a lot of out the exercise that gets behind your WHY so you can create a new, healthier habit. xx

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on October 24, 2019 at 2:51 PM

      Jill I love how you’ll use the challenge to fine tune your ideal number of hours of sleep. There’s space on the tracking worksheet for you to write notes about you feel the next morning. Keep me posted! xx

  8. Katie on October 23, 2019 at 10:30 PM

    I need this challenge too. I always have good intentions & know how important sleep is for me but I always end up hanging washing, tidying up & doing last minute jobs for tomorrow…. I love getting into bed before 10 & reading but it rarely happens! I need a hard deadline for bedtime… & to stick to it to get 8 hours sleep. ☺️

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on October 24, 2019 at 2:53 PM

      This challenge will help you to manage your time better so you’re done with the last minute jobs and tidying earlier and get to bed at your desired time. Please share how you’re getting on! 🙂 xx

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