The reason is I don’t have a bedtime. Between 12 and 2 is the norm, but any time 6 hours either side isn’t unusual.
Here’s a video by Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project, with a challenge to take bedtimes seriously.
She expands on the video at Psych Central, with 7 tips for getting to bed “on time”.
- Give yourself a specific bedtime (really, it’s the key)
- Don’t wait until you’re sleepy
- Stay away from the internet for at least an hour beforehand
- No caffeine for several hours beforehand (that’s 8 hrs for me)
- Remind yourself how great it feels to wake up naturally
- Get ready for bed well ahead of time
- Create a bedtime ritual that you do every night.
To read the reasoning for each visit the Psych Central post.
Why am I writing about this? Because getting enough sleep is just about the best thing you can do for your mental health.
I’m using reminders on my phone to tell me to go to bed – at the same time each night. 3 nights so far and it’s working.