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1. Dim, red light.

1. Dim, red light.

Use a color-changing lightbulb in your bedroom or install a small red bulb. Why red? Red light mimics sunset. Switching the color is a strong visual cue. Your brain associates it with getting ready for sleep. It's an easy wind-down routine.

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2. Expose yourself to bright sunlight in the mornings.

2. Expose yourself to bright sunlight in the mornings.

Light sets your circadian rhythms —the times you naturally want to wake up and go to sleep. Exposing yourself to bright light early in the day shifts your rhythms earlier, without you having to try to go to sleep earlier.

Whatever you usually do in the mornings, try switching to walking outside as soon as you wake up. Let breakfast or shower come afterwards.

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3. Focus on an earlier point in your evening.

3. Focus on an earlier point in your evening.

Instead of over-focusing on what you do right before bed, think about a point earlier in the evening. For example, recording daily expenses or cooking dinner. If you're better organized about whatever happens early in your night, you'll be ready for sleep earlier.

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4. Switch your last caffeinated beverage of the day to half-caf

The way to get the best sleep would be to consume no caffeine and no alcohol . Both disrupt sleep. If you want to sleep like you did as a teenager, completely ditching caffeine might get you there. Or at least start by switching to half-caf or de-caf.

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5. Find content that only requires listening, not watching.

5. Find content that only requires listening, not watching.

If you struggle with worry or rumination, you may find that entertainment helps you get to sleep. Standard suggestions are to listen to an audiobook, a meditation, or relaxing sleep sounds (like sounds of rain or a crackling fire). Don't go for anything that requires you to do something, such as reading, writing, or DIY.

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6. Take to-dos off your mind.

6. Take to-dos off your mind.

If you find yourself thinking "I need to remember to do X in the morning," try to take that off your mind. For example, if there is something you need to take with you, put it in your car or at your front door so that forgetting it will be impossible. Transfer your to-dos from your mind to somewhere physical or digital.

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6. Take to-dos off your mind.

If you find yourself thinking "I need to remember to do X in the morning," try to take that off your mind. For example, if there is something you need to take with you, put it in your car or at your front door so that forgetting it will be impossible. Take anything you need to remember off your mind.

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