We have all heard the clichéd saying that states “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise”. What they forgot to mention over there was that going to bed early can actually make you a more successful human being in your academic or professional endeavours. At the end of the day, being successful in these important areas of your life is what counts the most.
The Socially Accepted Norm of Staying Awake
That being said, there is no denying the fact that people today cringe at the idea going to sleep at a decent hour. There was a time when it is used to be a trend for the young adults and teenagers to stay up late into the night. This trend has now evolved into a norm that every single person follows, whether they like it or not.
Trapped in a Vicious Cycle
Why have so many people developed a habit of going to bed at the crack dawn despite knowing the fact that they will be forced into exhaustion and irritation the moment they open their reluctant eyes in the morning? It as though people are trapped in a vicious cycle from where there seems to be no escape. You go to bed late, you wake up weary, you drag yourself all day long and you end up staying awake late into the night once again. There has got to be a better and healthier way to live life than that.
Entitled to Entertainment
To understand why people are torturing their minds and bodies by staying up late at night, you need to take a look at what they are doing during the rest of the day. If you wake up tired or agitated early in the morning, chances are that you are not going to have a great day ahead of you. You are going to struggle to keep up with the pace at work or school. Your mind and body will wear out even more as the day progresses and the only thing that you will wish for is the comfort of your bed once you get back home.
By the time you hit your bed at night, you begin to realize that you have had an awful day and that you need to do something to salvage it in one way or the other. That is when people get hooked into activities that force them to stay awake throughout the night. How many times have you found yourself binge watching Youtube videos at 2 am in the morning, knowing well that you have to wake up early to attend an important meeting at work? One too many times would be the right answer to this question. There is a very simple reason for why people do this. After struggling to deal with the hustle and bustle of urban life throughout the day, people feel that they are entitled to some sort of entertainment before the day comes to an end for them. This is basic human nature that cannot be changed.
3 Ways to Stop Staying Up All Night Long
If you become sleep deprived by staying up all night long, your productivity is likely to fall drastically. This is not a small problem that you should overlook. A drop in productivity can cost you your job or earn you a failing grade at school. It can even spell disaster for your health. This is why you need to immediately focus on getting yourself more hours of sleep at night. Here is how you can do it:
1) Get Yourself Prepared for Bed
Remember the good old days when your mother would dress you up in your pyjamas, give you a glass of milk and cookies, get you to brush your teeth and then tuck you in bed? Falling asleep during those days of childhood was a lot easier than it is today. If you can somehow replicate the entire routine of gearing up for bed like you used to do as a child, then you will be able to catch a lot more sleep than you are doing today.
2) Ditch the Phone, Grab a Book
Scrolling through your newsfeed on Facebook or browsing videos on the internet can turn out to be a very addictive activity. You need to separate yourself from that once its past midnight. Instead of endlessly staring at your phone’s screen, get yourself under the blanket, turn on the bedside lamp and read a book of your choice. Regardless of how big a bookworm you are, you do not have to be concerned about going on and on throughout the night when you are reading a book. At some point in time (probably within 45 minutes), you will feel the need to shut the book and get your eyes some much deserved rest.
3) Talk with Someone Who Sleeps Early
It helps to be in touch with a friend who sleeps at a timely hour. By talking with that person every single night, you will be able to relax yourself mentally and physically, something that is required to get yourself prepped for a good night’s sleep. Talking with such a person regularly will be a great influence on your sleeping habit and will help you realize that staying up till dawn is abnormality that you need to avoid.