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  • Writer's pictureAnnika Brindley

6 Reasons to Ditch Your Clock at Bedtime: How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Various clocks hanging on a faded brick wall

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? If so, you're not alone. Millions of people around the world suffer from insomnia or other sleep-related problems. One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to ditch your clock at bedtime. Here are six reasons why:

Reason # 1

One of the main reasons people can't sleep at night is that they're anxious about what time it is. If you're constantly checking the clock, you're more likely to get stressed out about how much sleep you're getting (or not getting). This stress can then lead to even more sleepless nights.

Reason # 2

Another reason why ditching your clock can help you sleep better is that it can help you relax. When you're constantly checking the time, it's easy to get caught up in the worry of not being able to fall asleep.

This anxiety can make it even harder to drift off. But if you don't know what time it is, you're more likely to relax and let go of these worries.

Reason # 3

Another benefit of not knowing the time is that it can help you sleep longer. Studies have shown that people who are anxious about sleep tend to wake up earlier. But if you don't know what time it is, you're less likely to worry about how much sleep you're getting, and you may end up sleeping for longer.

Reason # 4

Not knowing the time can also help you wake up feeling more rested. If you're constantly checking the clock at night, it's easy to get fixated on time, and how little sleep you've gotten can lead to a feeling of being unrested when you finally do wake up. But if you don't know what time it is, you're more likely to forget about your sleeplessness and wake up feeling refreshed.

Reason # 5

Ditching your clock can help reduce stress in general. If you live in a fast-paced world where you're always trying to keep track of time, it's easy to get overwhelmed.

This stress can then spill over into other areas of your life and make it even harder to relax. But if you don't have a clock to focus on, you're less likely to feel stressed about time, and you may find it easier to relax overall.

Reason # 6

The final reason is that your mind can more easily relax into sleep mode by not glancing at a clock. When you're trying to sleep but constantly checking the time, it becomes a mental game of how long until you have to wake up, this only aggravates insomnia and makes it harder to fall asleep in the first place.

If ditching your clock sounds impossible, try putting it across the room, so you're not tempted to peek at the time every five minutes. Out of sight, out of mind!

You may be asking, "How am I supposed to wake up for work without an alarm clock in my room?". Try moving your alarm clock. Place your clock right outside your bedroom door or in your bathroom.

If you need the alarm in your room so as to not wake up other family members, cover the face of the clock. Get creative! Cover the clock with a dark piece of paper with no light peeping through. You can put the clock on the table away from your bed with a basket on top of it as well.

People use many other methods to fall asleep easier, such as reading or taking a bath, but getting rid of your clock is a great starting point for better sleep habits. It may be hard to break the habit of using a clock, but you'll be on your way to a more restful night's sleep once you do. Give it a try and sweet dreams!

So there you have it: Six reasons why ditching your clock at bedtime can help you sleep better. If you're struggling with insomnia or other sleep problems, give this method a try and see for yourself how helpful it can be. You might be surprised at how much better you sleep when you stop worrying about the time!


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