Yes, trying to let other goals lead up to making it easier for you to sleep might help you somewhat, but remember that you have to ultimately be presently/mindfully aware of your own actions at the time of going to bed for you to change that habit. There really is only the present moment; you can only make decisions now (as I am typing this) and not in the future. The future is what has not come to pass yet and always will be. Unless you tell yourself that you will finally do it, you might never get it done.
People have been known to be good at putting off things, as Tenzin Rinpoche said in an interview video (at the end), and this, in turn, means that we have had some things that we ended up putting off for a very long time (maybe never even doing them). Therefore, it is extremely important to see how serious you must take this situation.
Some people revel in their pain and suffering (or depression, or even other mental disorders) and never get better. Do it now and you just might persist in this goal, eventually getting it done for good. Of course, you still may find yourself waking up in the early morning or finding it hard to fall asleep occasionally, but it will be greatly diminished as a problem of yours IF you challenge it. 6 months ago
This has continued to be a challenge all these years. Funny enough, it is something I have recently been committed to again. I want to be awake during the day! In February I had a couple weeks where my schedule was fantastic, but then I backtracked because of some fears that came up for me. I’ve been getting up between eleven and twelve regardless of what time I have been going to bed and for now I’m good with that, but I would like it to become earlier and earlier. I think I will set my alarm for eleven for the rest of the week and then next week 10:45. I will check back in after that. :) 6 months ago
Make an effort to go to sleep the same day you wake up. That means, if I wake up on a Dec. 25 Tuesday morning at 5:30am, I should go to sleep Dec. 25 before 11:59pm. 23 months ago
It’s been going on with me like this since my early childhood. Worries creep up or I become too invested in time-wasting activities that I choose to stay up late. I can’t allow my social and general anxiety disorder, nor my depression or lack of motivation & self-esteem to let me continue down this road.
Because it is not so simple as to force your body to go to bed & shut down, I have to make many changes in other habits of mine everyday. This may seem counterproductive, but I even feel like replacing my time-wasting activities w/something far more relevant (like getting caught up on my studies or searching for work) to be a first step in at least taking rumination off my mind while it is late. At first, it will not feel like it is helping me motivate myself to be a better person overall, but, as time goes on, I will be able to see it manifest itself in me.
In other words, time management is far more relevant to me ATM than going to sleep, only to wake up and experience another very time-wasting day. Some people perform better in the day; others are more like night-owls. It’s just the nature of things. Yet, that doesn’t mean I should keep it that way always, especially after I have managed to find a way to greatly minimize or totally eliminate all worries just a few hours before bedtime and just a few minutes before bedtime itself. 23 months ago