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How often do you wish you could fall asleep earlier?
"All the time," you're probably saying. You want to stop watching YouTube videos until the early hours of the morning because you genuinely value your sleep. But for one reason or another, you have absolutely no idea how to start.
I know exactly how you feel because I used to be like you. For a long time, I loved staying up until 3am, and watching YouTube videos and Netflix shows. But after a few months, the quality of my sleep began to deteriorate, and I found it incredibly difficult to focus on my work.
I knew that something had to change. So I adopted several strategies that helped me to fall asleep much earlier. Each of them changed my life for the better. Hopefully, they will do the same for you, too.
Put your phone in another room.
Chances are, you're scrolling through social media or watching videos. Hence why you can't fall asleep. Try putting your phone in the kitchen, living room, or anywhere else that's far away from your bed. Remove the distraction, and it becomes much easier to do what you're supposed to do: sleep.
Get out of bed a little bit earlier.
According to Entrepreneur Magazine, "you don’t have to move your wake time up a full hour overnight. Instead, try waking up 15 minutes earlier every day until your body grows accustomed to the change."
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that getting up earlier will lead to an earlier bedtime. After all, your brain will naturally become more tired at an earlier point in the evening.
Don't drink coffee during the evening.
Research published by CNBC shows that "you should never drink coffee in the evening. Caffeine can disrupt your sleep up to six hours after consuming it, leading to an hour or more lost in rest."
If you want to fall asleep earlier, consider having a cutoff time for any caffeinated drinks. Mine is 2pm. But obviously, it's important to experiment and do whatever works for you.