1. Go to bed at a decent time
The main excuse that I, and most others have is that they can’t fall asleep. But sleep is a habit just like most things we do. Having a set bedtime helps to train the body to develop proper circadian rhythms and leads to more rested and effective sleep.
To set a bedtime, first identify how many hours of sleep you would ideally need to function, choose your ideal wake up time to make your morning workout, and then work backward to find your new bedtime. The key is to keep this bedtime and wake up time the same each day to truly create a habit. This was a little difficult for me at first, so I worked my way back 15 minutes at a time until I got to the appropriate time for me, which is 5:30 am.
2. Lose the electronics at least 30 minutes before your bedtime.
This will help calm the body and mind and prepare you for sleep. Shut off the TV and laptops, and put your phone on the charger AWAY from your bed. During this time, you can do some light reading, knitting, or journaling to shut your mind down.