How can I make my sleeping time a habit when I know I am a confirmed night person. I’ve been trying to change my sleeping schedule but I always fail. Even when I plan to sleep on a centain time I would always find something to do before that and I would end up sleeping late again. It’s a struggle when I have to work the next day and feeling tired at work is the worst part of the problem. I wrote before that I didn’t have the symptoms of insomnia and I still believe I don’t have this kind of sleeping problem. It’s just that I am more active doing something at nights. I remember once I ironed clothes at about 11pm because I wasn’t sleepy to go to bed then. Even when I read a book in bed just to get myself sleepy, I end up even more later before the letters in the book turn illegible.
I found this article that describes a person like me as a “night owl” – a person having a problem sleeping at night and feeling tired and sleepy during the day. Sooo me. The article suggests treatments for this problem and I found some of them interesting and maybe would help me in the process of making my 10 o’ clock habit:
- Getting up at the same time every day no matter what time you go to sleep. On the weekends (or on days when you don’t have to get up) don’t let yourself sleep more than 1 hour longer than you do when you have to get up for work or school.
- Light therapy. In this case, light therapy means exposing yourself to bright light as soon as you wake up. You can use sunlight or a bright (10,000 lux) light box for 30 to 45 minutes each day.
I had done the first one on several occasions but I seemed to have not completely aware that it would help me get to sleep earlier at nights. But I must admit I don’t like lights early in the morning. I often nagged at hubby to turn off the lights when I’m still in bed and he’s dressing up for work. How can I survive this…