- Going to bed too early
This may seem weird — but it most certainly has merit. Although this tip appears to be counterintuitive, going to bed too early may not allow you to sleep well throughout the night. When you stay up later, you trigger your body’s natural homeostatic system, so when you do lay your head on the pillow, you’re more likely to fall asleep sooner.
For those with insomnia, cognitive behavioral therapists often start with the individual’s general wake-up time. Say you tend to wake-up at 7 AM — use this time to count backwards 6-7 hours. Instead of hitting the hay at 10, try adjusting your bed time to midnight. Keep a journal and document any improvements.