Can't Sleep? When to Get Out of Bed
Low-Key Activities, Low Lights
Resist the urge to get stuff done, even though you're wide awake. This is one time when it's better to be inefficient.
Keep your TV, computer, and phone off, and leave work alone. Your to-do list, online banking account, and Facebook can wait.
"Try to avoid [doing] anything productive," Rosenberg says. "If you feel good about getting something done, you'll reinforce the habit of waking early." Plus, you're going to be much sharper after you get some sleep, so chances are you'll handle those chores better then.
There's another reason to stay powered down. Anything with a screen lights up. The light from that screen could trick your brain into thinking it's daytime and that you need to be awake, Rosenberg says.
Troubleshoot Your Sleep Habits
Everyone has a bad night from time to time. Working on your sleep habits can help.
That includes going to bed at a regular time, making your last hour of the day relaxing, keeping your bedroom restful and devoted to sleep, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bedtime.
Try that for a couple of weeks, and your sleep should get better. If not, talk to your doctor to check on any medical reasons for your insomnia, get more sleep advice, and see if you should see a sleep specialist.