A simple tip to add more sleep to your week

A hand holding a clock in bed, the clock is at 7 o'clock

Welcome to this week’s Thrive in Five, a tip I can impart to you in five minutes or less, that you can enact in five minutes or less. And this week’s a really simple tip – a way that you can hack more sleep into your week, and basically get an extra hour of sleep.

Rather than going to bed an hour earlier, which for many people is just not realistic or feasible which means you’re not likely to do it.

So how about this?

You just get yourself into bed 10 minutes earlier than you normally would. When you compound that over seven nights, that’s an extra 70 minutes of sleep – which is an hour and 10 minutes. And 10 minutes should be fairly easy for most of us to fit in. If you normally go to bed at 10:30, then get yourself into bed at 10:15/10:20. Pretty simple right?

If you do that every single night, you’re effectively netting out an extra hour and 10 minutes of sleep per week. If you can recall a time when you woke up after having had seven and a half hours of sleep compared to waking up after six and a half hours, you know the difference. You feel more energetic, more excited about the day, generally in better health – that’s the huge impact it can have on your wellbeing.

So start trying this simple tip if you can over the course of a week, it may incentivize you to try and creep that bedtime forward, or have a little bit longer in bed in the morning, whatever works for you and your rhythms.

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