3 steps to changing your sleep pattern to improve your mood
Rise earlier and shine brighter!
Falling into a depressive sleep pattern of late nights and late mornings is so easy to do.
It's great to have a lay in every so often but for people that end up sleeping in late most mornings, they can find themselves falling into a dark spiral of depression.
If you are feeling down and you're struggling to find the reasons why then have a look at your sleep pattern. There may be some clues as to why you are feeling the way you do.
I have a solution for you! It won't be easy but in the words of Nike "just do it!"
Step one - make a plan
Write out a to-do list and add three to four items to the list. These items need to be important yet manageable. Only you can know what is going to be on your list - maybe things that you have been putting off for a while. Make sure that they are things that will give you satisfaction when you tick them off your list.
Step two - try to get to bed at a reasonable time
This can sometimes be the most difficult step. Simply because your sleep pattern is so set in its ways that it will be almost impossible for you to sleep a couple of hours earlier than you usually do. However, I recommend that you at least try this, just to make the third and final step much easier for yourself.
Step three - set your alarm and put it in another room!
Set the alarm on your phone for a time that you consider to be early - a good couple of hours earlier than you would normally awake and put your phone in another room. This detail is very important - it has to be a room with a bright light.
As soon as your alarm goes off in the morning and you leave your bed to journey into the other room you will be saying to yourself "I am definitely getting back into bed!"
However! As soon as you get into the other room, turn the light on straight away and have a little scroll through your phone (maybe a little bit of Facebook!). The bright light in the room and the bright light coming off of your mobile phone will soon wake you up - and you will be in a much stronger position to take the day by the horns!
Now, either make your way to your local coffee shop with your laptop (most coffee shops open at 6am) and complete your to-do list. Alternatively, if your to-do list needs for you to stay home, then complete the list at home but do not get back into bed.
Trust me when you have completed these tasks before the rest of the world have even left their beds, you will feel great and you will be well on your way to achieving a much better and brighter mood with early morning productivity!
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About Liam Collins
Liam Collins is the aspiration coach. NLP therapist / life coach / public speaker.
Liam is currently taking on new clients for career coaching and personal development coaching. His current clients have changed their lives with improved confidence, focus, empowerment, etc. They have eliminated depression, anxiety & stress.