There are probably some more approriate forums out there to be posting this question, but next to food I think sleep is crucial to good health.
For some reason I procrastinate sleep... there's really no other way to put it. I'll tell myself, "Ok, tonight I'm in bed at 10 pm, no later" and I'll end up getting into bed at 2 or 3 am, sometimes later. This happens almost every night. I put off sleep by going on the internet, watching TV, etc. Anything to delay getting into bed. I think of turning the lights off and getting into bed as almost a "lonely" experience, hard to explain. I can often fall asleep soon after getting in bed, but choose to delay the process until I'm truly exhausted or know I'll fall asleep at the wheel tomorrow if I don't get into bed immediately.
This is more of a psychological question, but like I said, I think sleep can be just as important as food in health. I'm just wondering if this is at all common and what it means, has anyone else experienced this, and how did they fix it?
I've been like this my entire life. I think it's common. Sleep can be pretty boring, after all.
The best solution for me has been to be very disciplined about getting up at the same time every day. Over time, when I have practiced this discipline, it has been easier to go to bed more readily, but I have to be absolutely consistent.
Get some blue blocking glasses, and wear them for an hour or two before bed. The blue light from the TV, the computer screen, and your light bulbs will suppress melatonin production. Melatonin makes you sleepy.
I got some glasses from Low Blue Lights. (I'm not connected with this company apart from being a customer.) They do seem to help me.
I also agree with paleoguy's idea of reading in bed. I find that helps too.
Another idea is to get completely ready for bed (shower, brush teeth, etc.) before you start browsing the internets or watching TV. That way the barrier to entry is lower, so to speak.
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