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It does not always have to be the alarm that wakes you up because you didn’t sleep on time. A lot of people sleep very late and this, in turn, contributes to the reason why they wake up late.  Experience and discipline can go a long way in helping you to sleep early enough so that you can wake in good time. If you manage your time and practice a schedule that gives you ample time to prepare for bed, it is easy to sleep early and at your own time. However, sleeping early is not a habit that can be picked immediately as it requires discipline and routine. The following are some simple tips that can help you to sleep early if you are a late sleeper.

  • Finish your work on time: Whether you need to send emails, do assignments or wash dishes, make sure to do the chores early enough so as to leave ample time for your sleep. Do not let these activities encroach into sleep time. This is where a schedule comes in, you should plan a schedule that leaves enough space for you to finish doing your chores for the day.

  • Ditch the gadgets: How do you expect to sleep early when you spend the entire night staring at your computer? Phones, computers and televisions all give out rays and lights that enter into your eyes signalling to your brain that it is not time to sleep yet. If you would like to sleep early, make it a point to drop the phones and switch off the television so as to prepare your mind and get ready for sleep. This will unconsciously tell you brain that it is time to rest.

  • Eat early: Late night meals are not good for the digestive and nervous systems. Eat your meals on time so as to allow the digestive system to do its work without unnecessary stress. You should also avoid eating large and heavy meals in the nights so that your meal can digest easily and quickly.

  • Set the ambience: The mind is more powerful than you think. Setting the stage for a restful night’s rest will go a long way in helping you sleep early. For example, you can take a shower, turn off the lights and play soft music to help your mind relax. All this will help to relax your body and prepare you for sleep.

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This article was first published on 12th September 2016


Opoola Jelifat is a young and passionate writer. She holds a B.Sc degree in Microbiology and enjoys reading, cooking and writing on real life issues. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Ibadan. Contact her on, and via Twitter and facebook by clicking the icons below.

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