How I Finally Kicked My Staying-Up-Too-Late Habit (Introducing the Go-to-Bed Challenge!)

I used to suffer from a serious condition called BCI. (Butt-on-Couch Inertia.)  It's a terrible affliction whereby the sufferer's butt is superglued to the couch in the evenings amidst the magical stillness and silence of the late-night hours. This chronic condition is exacerbated by peacefully sleeping children, netflix or a good book, and an excessively comfortable couch or recliner.

I used to suffer from a serious condition called BCI. (Butt-on-Couch Inertia.)

It’s a terrible affliction whereby the sufferer’s butt is superglued to the couch in the evenings amidst the magical stillness and silence of the late-night hours. This chronic condition is exacerbated by peacefully sleeping children, netflix or a good book, and an excessively comfortable couch or recliner.

Symptoms worsen considerably with the intoxicating crackle of a fire in the fireplace, any forbidden-to-children treats, and a hot beverage that can be consumed without interruption.

I was on the brink, people.

Drunk on silence late at night, but complete and utter road kill by the crack of dawn. Classic case of BCI.

Every morning I dragged my sorry behind out of bed at the latest possible minute, I would curse myself repeatedly for not going to bed earlier. I’d drag myself around all day, propping open my eyelids, loading up on more coffee than I should (especially considering my adrenal fatigue), and generally feel absolutely stinkin’ miserable (not to mention unproductive). Oh, and let’s just say – those days didn’t exactly lend themselves to a sunny disposition, either.

But what happened when the kids were finally all blissfully slumbering in their beds that night? BOING! I’m suddenly glued to the couch and before I know it – it’s midnight or later… again.

The kids wake up before us and play nicely or colour, or watch a show downstairs. We’re getting the kids to school on time. Everything’s “fine”, technically.

But I felt constantly frustrated and behind and strung out. Mornings were way too rushed, and impatient words and unhappy kids were the norm. I hated that.

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I knew that I wanted to start getting up earlier – there are so many obvious benefits to starting your day off with the things that feed your soul and mind. I want to feel ready to face the day head-on, instead of feeling like the day is stomping angrily into my bedroom, ripping me from my warm bed, and tossing me mercilessly into the fray.

My friend Crystal is a total rockstar at the morning routine thing. She even offers a Make Over Your Mornings 14-Day eCourse. I’ve stayed at her house for the weekend, kept her up way-too-late talking (BCI is contagious, I guess), and she still managed to get up way before the rest of us, getting stuff done in the early morning hours like a total boss.

I’ve wanted to maximize my morning hours like Crystal for a long time now, but something was getting in my way. Yeah – that whole Butt-on-Couch Inertia. It’s a real thing, people.

But when I committed to myself that 2016 is going to the year that I finally get vibrantly healthy again, I realized that it starts with just one simple habit: GO THE HECK TO BED.

I had to find a way to overcome my BCI and get myself to bed way earlier, so that I could then take back my mornings. It was impossible for me to be getting up earlier if I kept staying up way too late and being chronically exhausted. Plus, my adrenal fatigue actually started to worsen instead of improve, which freaked me out.

I finally told myself that enough is enough – and I challenged myself to change my bedtime habits as the first step toward better health and happiness in 2016.

So I did.

Yeah – really, simple as that. It turns out that the key to making yourself go to bed earlier is simply this: want it badly enough.

Yup. Simpler than you thought, right? No tricks, no timers, no bribes. That’s the thing about human nature – if you want something (realistic) badly enough, you’ll generally find a way to get it.

If you take a good, honest look at your life and find that you actually want those late-night quiet hours zoned out on the couch more than you want adequate sleep and a peaceful morning routine, then there isn’t a blog post, book, timer, or bribe out there that can change your habits.

BUT… if you’re at a point where you really, really want to overcome your Butt-on-Couch Inertia and start getting the rest you deserve so that your days can start off better… come along with me, my friends.

If I can actually do this successfully, then I know you can too.

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I know that sometimes we all just need a little boost to get over that initial hump of getting started, so I created a free challenge for you all to join in, with daily email support and tough love straight to your inbox.

Sign up below to get your free daily emails for the duration of your 21 days.

Then leave a comment on this post to publicly state your ‘head-on-pillow time’ for the challenge. (Mine’s 10:30pm.)

We’ll get into all the nitty-gritty stuff in the email series: winding down, creating a bedtime routine, natural sleep aids, finding your ideal bedtime, making sure you still get “me time”, night owl tips, creating our new morning goals, and so much more.

Thursday’s email will be a “day zero” to help you get ready, including a free printable to track your progress and write down your goals, then we start with Day 1 on Friday!

The challenge starts this Thursday, January 14, 2016 – are you in?

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I'm Beth. I created Red & Honey because I'm obsessed with the wild art of wellness.

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Comments

  1. Laura says

    I hope your doing another round since I missed the first one in January. I would LOVE to be in bed by 10 and up by 7. That’s my goal. Let me know if you do. Thank you

  2. Dee Zentner says

    Hope you’re still skiing this challenge because I definitely need some motivation to start going to bed earlier… or in my case… going to the couch. Unlike everyone else who seems to have an issue with sitting around doing nothing on their couches, I own my own business, have ADD & can’t pull myself away from work. Not to mention the fact that I suffer from chronic neck pain and cannot lay down to sleep so I sleep in the sitting position… on the couch. My neck can only take about 6 hours of one position anyway so I go to bed anywhere from 12:30am – 1am and get up at 7am. Never feeling the least bit rested tho because I usually stare for hours at my computer in the evenings so my eyes are good and tired.
    Anyway. Off to the couch. Hope I get an email for tomorrow!

  3. Lauren says

    I’m a graduating senior in college and enjoy my afternoon classes where I don’t have to wake up till noon so I don’t go to bed till 1-2 am. However, I’m starting a new job soon where I will have to wake up at 5:30 every morning and need to learn to go to sleep to make that happen. I want my head-to-pillow time to be 10 pm.

  4. Jami says

    I had to leave a thank you note. I am only on day 10 of the challenge but it has helped so much. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic this has really been life changing. I can’t thank you enough for making this so thank you so much. 😀

  5. Allison says

    Well I’m a little late to the party….I hope the email subscription will still work…?

    So, I go (am supposed to go….) to a workout group every morning at 5:30 which means I have my alarm set for 4:50 on week nights. However, i usually end up skipping 2-3 times per week because I play volleyball on monday and Tuesday nights and end up staying up too late. Plus, my boyfriend lives in another state so I always call him when i get in bed and we talk for an hour or so accounting for my late nights on other week nights. Moral of the story, I’m going to bed at around 11/11:30 and trying to wake up at 5am. Since I usually have at least an hour of restless sleep at night, that leaves me with around 5 hours of sleep at night….NOT ENOUGH. I really need to try to go to bed around 9 or 9:30 so I get a full night to recover from my day. Plus, I really want to get the most out of my workouts and show up every day, but I can’t do that when I stay up so late! So, here’s to hoping this helps!!!

  6. Danielle says

    My Head-Hits-the-Pillow Time I want to aim for is 11 PM. It used to be 11:30 PM because I read an article online that quoted all kinds of sleep studies saying that you should not use any devices (smart phones, MP3 players, tablets, laptops) for two hours before you go to bed. I cannot realistically stop using my iPhone until my last alarm goes off, which is my last-ditch medication reminder at 9:30 PM. However, since Apple pioneered the Night Shift mode, which shifts the screen to the warmer tones of the brightness spectrum from sunset to sunrise, I have found I am sleeping better even if I don’t stay up long enough to get in my full two hours of Screen-Free Time. The really bad thing about my Couch-Inertia Syndrome is that I also will eat sweets while watching my D.V.R. This is obviously counter-productive to good sleep habits because those sweets usually consist of some form of chocolate, which has caffeine in it, as well as being counter-productive to my weight loss and healthy eating goals. I could really use some help!

    • Danielle says

      I meant Butt-to-Couch-Inertia, obviously, but could not recall the exact phrasing you used in your article as I was writing my comment. Sorry! Also, I have many early morning goals I want to make a daily reality and would love to become an early riser, although I have never been much of a “Morning Person”, so we’re not talking 6 AM just yet! LOL

  7. Elizabeth says

    I so need to do this! I have always been a night owl, and 3 children doesn’t leave much time to get it all done during the day. I had the flu in February and was going to bed before 10, and I felt pretty good! But the time change completely through me off again. I was also reading about adrenal fatigue last night and have nearly every symptom they shared. It’s time to get my life back!

  8. says

    It’s funny. I’m reading this at 12:09 a.m. because I’ve stayed up too late (again) goofing off on Pinterest. I would really love to be in bed by 10 each night, but 10:30 or 11 seems more realistic. Baby steps? :)

  9. says

    My goal is lights out at 11:00pm – I’m going to be taking care of Grandson this summer and need to be up earlier and have coffee and a little meditation before he gets up 😊

  10. Miriam says

    I gotta do this! My husband and I have the same conversation every night when we’re climbing into bed way too late that we’ve been stupid again. My aim will be 10:30 for now, hopefully 10 eventually.

  11. Carla says

    I would love to get sleepy and go to bed by 10-10:30. I stay up until 12:30/1:00 every night either watching TV, reading, or surfing the internet. I’m tired during the day but once the sun goes down, I get a burst of energy.

  12. Terri says

    oh do i need this!!! i hesitantly state my goal bed time as 10:30pm…only hesitant because i have 2 infants who tend to want to eat one more time around there or shortly after right now. looking forward to the challenge! 😀

  13. Ericka Howard says

    This is my second time through. I did much better during the first go-round. I used to be a midnight or after kind of girl. And during the first time I went through the challenge I got to bed by 11pm most nights. I’m aiming for lights out at 10:30 this time. And more consistency. Thanks for making this challenge available!

  14. says

    I would like to make my goal for 10:30 but hopefully can get to 10pm. I want to be able to wake up and spend time with the Lord before my family wakes up and maybe get a few chores done so I can spend that time with my 3 boys. I want to for once wake up refreshed and not so cranky and have a “real” smile on my face when I wake up my children and not be so rushed and there always being so much bickering going on every morning. I feel I can play such a huge part in helping my kids wake with a positive attitude if I would get more SLEEP. I don’t know what time i need to wake up in the morning yet to be successful in this so hoping this challenge will help me with that too. Thank You for the motivation!!!

  15. says

    I know I am late jumping on the get up early challenge but better late than never ;). I need this so bad for my marriage and sanity of staying at home with my 3 boys. My goal will be 10:30 but hopefully can push to 10:00. I would like to be able to wake up before my family to have quiet time with the Lord, and for once wake up my kids with a “real” smile and positive attitude to help them start their day better. I am not sure what time I will need to wake up yet so hoping this challenge will assist me with that. Thank You so much for the motivation!

  16. Beth says

    As it approaches 3 am and I have been reading yet again (my addiction) until way to late, my goal is to be in bed by 1am and up by 9 am. HELP!

  17. Sandra says

    Wow! You described me to a tee! For the sake of my husband and my sweet little ones I want to go to bed no later than 10:00. That’s my goal. Time to kick that BCI!!

  18. Alissa says

    This is something I’m really needing right now. My goal time is 10pm. For some reason I can be dragging all day but once it hits night time I’m awake and I just can’t get to sleep. I really want to have a good productive day. So let’s do this!

  19. jennifer says

    It’s funny I’m commenting at almost midnight my time. Can you tell I do not get enough sleep?! But the moment I hit the pillow the ONLY thing that keeps my mind from racing is this ABSOLUTELY INTOXICATING SCENT of vetiver and cedarwood – this “skin butter” called “Comfort”. It is the ONLY thing that has ever worked drifting me off to dreamland. They describe it as an “enchanted forest” and that is absolutely what it is like. It is the most addictive, grounding, intoxicating scent ever. http://www.beechersbotanicals.com/#!our-products/kmt72/!/COMFORT-Vetiver-&-Cedarwood-Organic-Skin-Butter/p/58239809/category=15385027

    • Alissa says

      Thanks for the scent tip, I’m going to try it tonight since I’ve been trying to find the right night time scent. My husband loves the smell of cedarwood and I tried it with valor but not yet vetiver. Hoping for a good nights sleep.

  20. says

    This is great! I have a unique situation in that I work a couple of night per week until about 3am. But my problem is that on the nights that I don’t work I still am not going to bed until about 1am! So my goal is to still do the work I do but I can manage to get a ton more sleep if I go to bed early on the nights that I am off. So my goal bedtime is 10:30 for my non work nights and I hope to get up by 7am each morning.

  21. Jenn says

    I’m having trouble deciding between 10 and 10:30. I think I’m going to aim for 10 as I’ve been beyond exhausted. Starting tonight February 1st :)

  22. Jamie says

    Oh, and I commit to going to bed between 9:30 and 10:30pm… 10:30pm being the latest! My nights vary, and my husband works second shift and gets home right after 10. It is important to me to stay up and see him some nights for a few minutes.

  23. Jamie says

    I really need this! I am doing Crystal’s morning course, and it is helping a lot! I really need to make going to bed earlier a priority. This post made me laugh so much because I have been suffering from BCI as well!!! It’s nice to know I’m not going through this alone :)

  24. Dana says

    My goal is to be in bed by 10. My husband gets home from work late and we usually don’t eat dinner till about 8, so this will be a challenge but I’m going for it! Looking forward to the encouraging emails to keep me moving along :)

  25. Liz says

    I plan to get to bed by 11:30. I have a 6 month old and he’s getting teeth through right now, so we have some pretty late bedtimes recently, which means mama stays up later than she should. Excited to try this!

  26. says

    Fantastic challenge and just what I need. My initial bedtime target is 10.30 pm but I’m hoping to eventually get myself into the habit of being in bed by 10.00 pm.

  27. Karissa says

    I really need to do this! My hubby gets up at 4:30 am for work, and I want to be up by 6:00, so we both need more sleep! I plan to head to bed by 9:00 and be asleep by 10:00. :-)

  28. Kathy says

    I plan to be in bed by 11:30. I have recently retired and I’ve gotten into the bad habit of staying up later and later.

  29. CJ says

    I’m starting with 11:30pm. My husband comes home around 9pm and I am an exclusive pumper for my 1 year old so usually it is midnight and beyond.

    11:30 will allow me and hubby to spend an hour and a half together and I can adjust my pump to about 30 minutes earlier.

  30. Amy says

    You just described my nights to a ‘T’! I know I need to go to bed earlier, but I just want to read one more email or one more chapter, one more grown-up show on the DVR that I can’t watch with kids around.

    So to be in bed by 10:30 is my goal. Just falling asleep in bed instead of on the couch would be a win.

  31. Maria says

    I noticed that i have been cranky and grouchy for not getting insufficient sleep. I was off two weeks during the holidays staying up really late and now im struggling trying to get back into my routine and go to sleep early at least by 8pm, since i have to get up at 5am.

  32. Clara says

    I just saw this, so joining a little late. I need to be asleep by 10 pm, so I need to begin getting ready for bed at 9/9:15 pm.

    I am really looking forward to this! Thanks!

  33. says

    I just saw Crystal post about this ~ I so need to do it! :) My goal is to be asleep by 10:00 pm. Meaning I need to actually get into my bed no later than 9:15 so I have time to settle in, read a little of my book and fall asleep. Thank you for this!

  34. Teresa says

    10:30 is my goal. It leaves me time to chat with my husband ,who works out of state and in a different time zone, after the kids are asleep.

  35. Elisabeth says

    Wauw, I never realised how many people have this habit other than me. I am close to tears just from reading the comments on how you beat yourself up over it – it’s my own inner voice too, spot on. My bedtime will be 11 pm and I have had this goal for most of my grownup life.. It’s been years since the ladt time I had a good nights sleep and actually woke up with a smile on my face. Thank you for this.

  36. Michele says

    Butt-on Couch Inertia. Yep. That’s me. Glad to know there’s an actual name for it. ?

    I need to replace BCI with BBM (Butt-in Bed Motion) by 10:30.

  37. Heather says

    10:30 is my goal, so I can get up early enough to get in a workout, get myself ready and get my daughters up and ready early enough to go to school and work on time and not be completely stressed out and yelling at each other.

  38. Kathie says

    My goal is 10:30 but it will be a tough one. I am an almost genetic night-owl, but I need to get good sleep and get up earlier.

  39. Dawn says

    Would settle for 11:00 My son works retail and I just CAN’T rest until I know he is home safe…keeps me up late, and then I’m back to square #1.

  40. Kriss says

    This popped up in my Facebook feed far, far too late at night, so I moved it into another window to go into the “I’ll read this later” list. And then promptly forgot it was there until this afternoon. But even though I’m late to the party, I still very much need to play. My head on pillow goal time is 2300.

  41. Ursula says

    Night owl, severe one and mornings hate me. It’s very difficult as I really see night time as my time to work on projects, have some quiet. But it needs to stop for mine and my kids sake. 11pm is my goal.

  42. Lois says

    I’m starting late and it looks like I’m already late…I was going to set my bedtime at 11:30 and it’s already 11:37…lol

  43. Kristina says

    Starting a few days late, but I did go to bed early last night (11:30 pm). I usually fall asleep around 1:30 am, or earlier if my 2 month old lets me, but sometimes as late as 2 or 3 am, if I am binge watching a show on Netflix. Goal: 11 pm!

  44. Julie says

    Just seeing this today! Just what I need and what hubby and I were bickering about today! 1-2am nights need to stop. I pray I can wake up early and spend time in my War Room instead of late-night facebookathons. I’ll aim for 10:30 lights out.

  45. Vicky says

    My first target: 11:00 pm… But will move towards 10:30 afterwards. I need to fix my sleeping patterns urgently in order for me to have more productive days!!

  46. Erica says

    I want to be IN BED by 9:30 and asleep by 10:00, but I’ve got some sleep debt to deal with so I’m shooting more for 9:00 these days.

  47. Mary-Ann says

    I just got thus in my Facebook feed. It is January 19th, so starting a bit late.
    I have always veen the proverbial night owl, but since being in menopause it has gotten worse.

    My goal for “head to pillow” is 10pm, but will start with 11pm.

    Thanks so much for this challenge.

  48. Karen says

    11:00 would be a good start for me! Hubby goes to bed at 9:30… But that’s just way too early for this night owl! LOL

  49. K says

    My bedtime is 10:30 for now. I made it two nights ago, but was still awake at 3:00 am the next morning. Last night I made it at 10:50, because I ran to WalMart in the evening for melatonin that I was out of. I was still awake at 2:00 a.m. I’ve had a horrible sleep disorder the past few years & am really hoping having a consistent bedtime will help. I don’t watch tv, so that’s not the issue. I drink chamomile tea every night before bed. I need to be able to fall asleep.

  50. Crystal Young says

    My new bedtime will be 10:00pm. But I will start my bedtime routine at 9:00. I am looking forward to getting great tips on going to bed early.

  51. Candy says

    Burning the candle at both ends really doesn’t feel good after awhile. Rushing around every morning has got to stop!!!! My new bedtime goal is 10:00 so I can wake up at 5am rested. No more babies and sleepless nights means I have no excuses!

  52. Stacey says

    This so me! I need to be in bed by 10:30, at the latest. My true goal is 10…but giving my self a bit of grace to start.

  53. Debbie says

    In bed with all electronics off at 10pm, lights out at 10:30. (Except when I work overnighters, of course.) Great idea! Thank you!

  54. Johanna says

    I would love to go to bed at 9, but that won’t happen. I think 9:30 is a realistic goal until I can get caught up. I usually get a second wind around 9 and all of a sudden become productive. I’d sure like that to happen earlier so I can get to bed. Thanks for the idea!

  55. Laura says

    Trying for 930 bedtime lights out by 10. Need to get up early every morning for work and not feel so absentminded! Also, baby still wakes during night to nurse. So, I will take all the help I can get for more sleep!

  56. Ckare says

    10:30! I want to get up earlier, I miss my mornings when I worked at 6am. I’m over dragging myself out of bed with only *just* enough time to get ready for work.

  57. Julia says

    I’m in! 11 for me. I’d write more (need to get kids down earlier consistently, stop reading just one more chapter, hubby too, and is anyone else tired of always being too tired for a little marriage building once we finally get to bed??!) But it’s already 1135 so I’ll call it for tonight. Excited to get started!

  58. Melanie says

    I think my goal will be 10:30 on most nights. Latest on any night would be 11:30pm though.
    My biggest challenge is staying focused throughout the day so that the kids are going to bed at a decent time. I have three 4.5 and younger and we have no morning commitments so it is easy to let it slide.

  59. Sara says

    This is perfect timing as going to be earlier in order to get up earlier in order to get back into some daily habits is my new year priority! I am aiming for 10:30 to bed and get up at 6.

  60. Katrina says

    I think this is just the boost I’ve needed! I hate feeling so frustrated with myself every morning because I chose to stay up WAY too late the night before. My bedtime goal is10:30. :)

  61. Blaire Ruch says

    A friend and I started a challenge yesterday to wake up at 6:00 am daily. I had been waking up at 7:30 or 8:00! So I think my bedtime goal will be 10:30 to start. Oops! It’s 10:34 now. Ah, but it starts Friday! Yes!

  62. Yuliya says

    So I’m thinking we will start with being in bed by 10:30 and go to sleep at 11! That will be a huge challenge especially since now it’s around 2am. I will started full on cleaning my house at 10:30 because everyone is asleep and those nights turn into 3am nights ?

  63. Betty says

    Guess my number is 10:00 except Wednesday because I have an online class at 10 at night. I really need a good schedule for 2016. Let’s get to it!

  64. Sarah says

    I really want to be able to go to bed at 9:00, but my goal is 10:00, because as much as I want it I think 9:00 is unrealistic for most days right now.

  65. Michelle says

    I’m aiming for 10:30. Would like it earlier, but given I’ve been up till 12:00 most nights for a while I’ve got to set something achievable. If going to bed earlier means I’m up earlier to start my day, I’ll be happy. ?

  66. Cheri says

    My fiance goes to bed at 10, but I usually don’t get there until 11 or later and end up waking him up! I would like to try for 10 or at the latest 10:30!

  67. Sharon Griffin says

    I am so excited about this challenge! I am taking the wake up early challenge as well so this will definitely be a great help with that! I aim for bedtime between 9:30 and 10:30 pm. :) Wish me luck!

  68. Mara says

    I made this a goal a few weeks ago and have been doing OK with it. I find that when I go to sleep before 11:00, I sleep better (10:59 doesn’t really count but I have done that a few times LOL). So I have been trying to get to bed by 10:45. Looking forward to some more ideas.

  69. Jennifer says

    10:30 to 11 p.m. sounds good to me. I’ve been up to 12 or 1 for a while. My really bad habit is being too tired to go on (have to wash bottles every night!), and falling asleep on the couch for a nap so I can get the energy to clean up.

  70. Taylor says

    I HAVE to get up before the kids or I’ll go crazy…so my goal is 10 pm! I wake up most mornings at 6, so that would give me 8 hours in bed.

  71. Jmg says

    I need to go to bed by 10 to get up to homeschool my kids….. I crave me time like crazy but think it will be much more productive at 6am

  72. Kate says

    This challenge is exactly what I need! It’s the reason all my early morning routines end in failure… (or have done until now!) Aiming for 10.30-11pm bedtime. Thank you!

  73. Mo says

    Yep, I need this so badly. I love watching the TV (news and then late show) and “working” on my computer; which may or may not include games. I’m claiming 11 pm as my in bed time.

  74. Ariel says

    ME!! Ohmygoodness me. And my hubby. It’s SO HARD, especially after our 2nd baby was born. We just want ME time. And then there’s the dream feed with the baby, so that adds in another 1/2 hr we could be “me-ing” it up. Our goal is to be upstairs by 10:30, dreamfeed will be at 11, lights out by 11:30. That’s a SMALL step for us, but will be HUGE. If possible, we’d like to move it back, but little by little. And when the wee one isn’t nursing anymore (or dream-feeding) I’m hoping we’ll get even better.

  75. Annette says

    Looking forward to forming a better habit and building better health and wellness overall. Aiming for a nightly bedtime of at least 10:00pm. Thank you.

  76. Sara says

    I need to do this soo badly. I know I sabotage myself by staying up late, but it hasn’t stopped me yet. My goal is to be in bed by 9:30pm.

  77. Michelle says

    Realistically I can’t get to bed before 10:30, so that is my goal. Certainly better than the midnight that has been lately. I don’t need to get up before 6, but I have a toddler who wakes up several times in the night. My goal is to get about three 2 hour naps.
    Thanks for the reminders!

  78. Joyce says

    Hoping for a 10:30, probably better start with 11, it’s more realistic. Going to bed at 1 and being woken up by the toddler at 4:30 makes for a very short night!

  79. Rachel says

    I never go to sleep before 11, and usually much later! 10:30 sounds good to me too. It’s a good compromise between 10 (which seems early for me) and 11 (when I am too tired to do the whole nighttime routine).

  80. Lauren says

    10:30PM for me, too. I love reading before bed, and I don’t want to give it up, but I do have a tendency to get carried away “just one more chapter”-ing myself.

  81. Julie says

    My goal is 10:30. I also need to work on getting my children to bed a little earlier. I think our mornings will go a lot smoother if we are all getting a better nights sleep.

  82. Gretchen says

    Hello! I get home from work between 11:30p-12a, so I would like to go to sleep at 1-1:15a instead of my usual 2a-5am ???

  83. says

    10:30, and I need the tough love, and actually I need to start even earlier and get the kids in bed at a reasonable hour too. That way I do still get the quiet time at night. I’m working on it tonight, they only have 30 more minutes. Thanks, I’m looking forward to this!

  84. Christy says

    I’m shooting for 10pm. With a 7 month old that doesn’t yet sleep through the night, I have to start going to bed earlier so I can at least get a couple of hours uninterrupted sleep. I’ve got to get back to waking up before the children so I can get some quiet morning time, not sleeping in until the last possible minute. Rushing around the house trying to get the 3 year old to preschool on time because I stayed in bed too late is just not working.

    I need all the help I can get!

  85. says

    11:00 p.m. Overcoming my decades-long habit will have so many ripple effects–if by God’s grace I can pull it off. Thank you for this shove in the right direction!

  86. Holli says

    So, I’m up late here, reading about the Go To Bed Challenge, laughing to myself at how spot-on this article is!
    Thank you for voicing my exact thoughts and feelings and inspiring me to DO something to change!
    I’m going to bed now (12:18), gosh darn it…before I get sucked into more pinterest or good movies on TV 😀

  87. Rebecca says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this! Found out about this from Crystal Paine. I SO need help in this area! For so long, I have wanted to get to bed earlier but I usually end up doing tasks that I was supposed to have done earlier in the day and/or I am so looking forward to having my down time that I spend WAY too much time on the computer! Then I go to bed super late, disappointed and frustrated that I have YET AGAIN allowed myself to stay up much later than I should! Every day I wake up tired and feel so out of it throughout the day! My five year old usually wakes me up between 6:15-6:30 which really isn’t that early but it is to me because I’ve been up until usually 12-1 am! I am hopeful and pray that this encouragement and accountability you are offering is just what God can use to change me in this very important area! I want to bless my husband and children by being a loving, fun, kind, productive and engaged wife and mom! Thanks again for offering this challenge!!! :)
    Oops! Almost forgot to put the time – I hope to be in bed by 10:30, eventually 10:00.

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