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The Go to Bed Early Challenge: Want to join me??

Go to Bed Early Challenge: Want to join me?

So many of you said that you really wanted to join me for the Get Up Early Challenge, but you that you needed a Go to Bed Early Challenge first.

Well, guess what? Starting on Monday, we’re doing a Go to Bed Early Challenge. I need this challenge myself, as I discovered with the Get Up Early Challenge. Because it’s so much easier to get up early and have a great day if I’ve gone to bed at a decent hour the night before!

How Will It Work?

I’m going to aim to be in bed asleep no later than 10 p.m. Sunday night through Thursday night (I’m going to give myself a pass to stay up a little later on Fridays and Saturdays!). In order to make this happen, it means I need to wind down by 9 p.m. and be in bed no later than 9:30 p.m.

I want to continue on with my habit of getting up early, too, so I’ll be posting an update on Instagram every morning around 6 a.m. and blogging between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. CT with a little update on what time I went to bed, what time I got up, and how the Go to Bed Early Challenge is going. You all are going to serve as my accountability partners in this.

Would You Like to Join Me?

If you’d like to join me, here’s what I’d love for you to do:

  1. Choose what time is realistic for you to go to bed every evening and get up every morning. Please be sure you’re getting enough sleep and it’s a time that works for your unique needs and family situation.
  2. Leave a comment on this post letting me know that you’re in and what time you’ve chosen.
  3. Check in on my daily morning post and leave a comment to let me know how you are doing with getting up early. I’m excited to all be encouraging each other in this endeavor!


Want some extra accountability? You can sign up for the Go To Bed Challenge that my friend, Beth, is doing. She’s the one who inspired me to do this in the first place and you can sign up for 21 days of encouraging emails from her — for FREE!

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  • I’m so in! 1030pm bedtime for me, in bed by 10pm.

    Thanks Crystal,

  • I’m in. My goal… asleep by 11:30 (in bed around 11), awake at 6:30 Sunday night through Thursday night. I’m a night owl, so it is easy for me to get get a second wind late at night, so making it a point to get to bed before that second wind kicks in will be a very good thing for me.

  • Michelle Zang says:

    I’m in as well. My goal will be “in bed” by 10:00 pm. I’m excited!

  • Joy says:

    Oh, I could use this! Plan: bed by 9:30 so I can read for a bit, lights out by 10.

  • L.K. says:

    Yay! I need this much more than the Get Up Early Challenge….I have to get up early anyway, then pay the price all day. 🙂 I am going to try to be in bed by 9:15, asleep by 9:30 -9:45, and up by 4:30 T/Thu and 5:30 the rest of the week. Thanks for helping me get back on track, Crystal!!

  • Kate says:

    I will be going to bed by 9pm every Sun-Thurs evening. I am pregnant with my third child, and feeling very tired, so hopefully this challenge will help me to have a bit more energy during the day. Thanks!

  • Rosanna says:

    I don’t want to join, but I need to. I have so been lagging with getting to bed on time. I aim to be up by 6:00 a.m., so I need to be getting ready for bed at 10 to be asleep by 10:30. All that to say, I’m in! 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    Now that my husband goes to bed when I go to bed, nobody is “getting to sleep” very early…! 😉

  • Dawn says:

    Count me in! I would like to be in bed with lights off at 9:30pm. This means I gotta head to bed by 9 on the nights I plan to read a little before bed.

  • kym says:

    This is great! I find myself getting sucked into Netflix and social media until 12AM – Yup and I still have to get up with my 3 year old. I am in 🙂

  • Alicia says:

    I am in! I will plan on being in bed, lights out, by 10pm Sunday-Thursday. I have also been trying to wake up at 5am everyday, and some days are harder than others.

  • Louise says:

    Hey Crystal, this is great! I’ve only started following your posts recently, but you always seem to tackle just what I need to get to grips with myself. And I was indeed thinking that my life would be so much better if I managed to get some more sleep and the biggest obstacle is ME…

    So I’m in! Let’s start realistically: in bed asleep by 11pm as I need to get up at 7am. So I’ll stop screentime etc at 10pm and start getting myself together, then in bed by 10.30pm and maybe some reading (what?? in an actual book 😉 or snuggles with my husband.

    But anyway – great! I also really wanted to go and do your Make over your mornings course, as I am the rattiest mommy early in the morning as I’m constantly chasing my tail. But that all starts with getting to bed on time, so this is a great start! Thanks!

    • Yay! I’m SO glad this will be helpful to you!! I know it’s going to be SO good for me, too!

      • Louise says:

        Not entirely sure where the morning blogpost is where I’m supposed to check back in, so I’ll just put it here:

        So inspired but last night went wrong straight off the bat! Currently in hospital with my son and it was a rough night; didn’t get to sleep until 2am 😮

        But made up for it by having a lie-in until 10am (the prerogatives of hospital life) and am currently in bed in my jammies.

        Off to a fresh start tonight; logging off now! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Kristen S. says:

    I’m in! My goal is to head upstairs at 10 pm and be asleep by 10:30 pm. Wake up time is 6 am. I’ve found that if I get 7.5 hours of sleep, I feel great. A few months ago I actually pushed my bedtime (and wake up time) later and it’s helped so much with consistency. I aligned with my husband’s sleep/wake times and now he doesn’t wake me when he comes to bed, and I don’t wake him when I get up early! 🙂 So nice to be on the same routine.

  • Julie says:

    Totally in on this! Most mornings I get up at 5:00, so I want to be in bed at 8:00. That will give me about 30-45 minutes to read on my phone before actually getting to sleep.

  • I am definitely all about this challenge! I have some pretty severe thyroid issues, and I find that my body needs 9 hours of sleep to be near top condition. However, I’ve been trying to get by on 7.5-8 hours. So, I’ll be going to sleep at 9 each night. That seems ridiculously early, but necessary!

  • Kim says:

    10pm with lights out at 1030pm.due to reading my book. I have getting up at 630 the past 2 weeks.

  • Goal: In bed by 9pm and asleep by 9:30 so that I can be up at 5-5:30am (Sun-Thurs).

    Thanks for hosting this challenge!

  • Heather says:

    This challenge makes me smile. Before I got married last year I was a night owl, easily staying up until 1 or 2am. My husband has to get up for work at 2am. I was blessed to be able to change my work schedule so I can go in early and get home earlier to be with him. Now we are in bed by 8pm every night. He gets up at 2 but I get to sleep until 4am! If I can become a morning person anyone can do it! 🙂

  • JeNae says:

    I am in! I’ve been loving my early wake-up time, but it’s hard to wind down at night and fall asleep. I tend to keep reading “just a few more pages” of whatever book I’m reading. So, I want to be in bed by 9:00, and lights out at 9:30. To help with that, I’ll try setting an alarm to remind me to shut the book.

    • Sara-Jill says:

      I am in! I like the idea of setting an alarm. I easily lose track of time once the kids are in bed. As a stay-at-home mom, I enjoy this quiet time alone a little bit too much. But I also need decent sleep. So, my goal is to go upstairs at 9:30 and be ready to sleep at 10.

  • Karen M. says:

    I am sooo in!!! I have been struggling the last few years since my fourth and final baby to truly start a routine of going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. This is the push I need! Thanks Crystal!
    I am going to shoot to be in bed by 10 and lights out by 10:30.

  • Emily says:

    This is a great reminder that one good decision leads to more good decisions! I’m willing to commit to going to bed at 10, asleep by 10:30, up by 6-6:30.

  • Teresa says:

    This was one of my goals I have been struggling with. In bed by 10:30 with electronics off. Up at 6:00 am.

  • This is one of my 2016 goals, and I could use the accountability. : ) 10pm most nights and 11pm on the weekends (usually just Fridays).

  • Christine says:

    I’m currently on day 12 of this challenge. It really has been a struggle since I don’t get out off class until 10pm and have to be up by 6am at the latest to get the kids to school then go to work. Coming home and going straight to bed isn’t easy when I have chores to do or tests to study for. It will happen with time though. Glad you are doing this challenge, too.

  • April says:

    10 pm lights out by 10:30…I’ve have never been able to go to bed at a decent hour. It’s always my goal, everyday, but I fail. Maybe this time I’ll finally start to win.

  • Ah, yes, going to bed early really is the crux of the matter, I see, as I sit here typing and exhausted at 10:30pm:) In order to get to the gym in the morning before the rest of the gang needs me at home, I need to be in bed, sleeping by 9:30 (10:00 at the latest). Thanks for this challenge. I hope I’m up (or down, as the case may be) for it.

  • Amy says:

    Yes! I am in. I’ve been doing your 2 week online course – Make Over Your Mornings – and I have been dragging myself out of bed! I’ve been feeling like a bit of a failure every morning I don’t get up at my goal time, but it has been getting a little easier (when my toddler sleeps especially). But now I think that this challenge will make it even easier to get up. This will give me the motivation to get to bed early. I am naturally a night owl but have been getting SO much done in the AM (with help from your course!!) I am feeling so much more organized and much more often have quiet, prayer/bible study/journaling time so thank you! ?

    In bed by 10:30 pm to get up by 6:30 am

  • Star says:

    I’ve actually been doing the Go To Bed Challenge hosted by your friend Beth at Red and Honey. Her emails have been spot on and so encouraging! I am making good progress!

    My plan is to be reading in bed at 9 and asleep no later than 10.

  • Yes I am joining in! My goal is to be asleep by 9pm. Really looking forward to it 🙂

  • Jodi says:

    I can’t even publicly admit the horrible trend I’ve been on as it pertains to bedtimes. I’ve tried to figure out why and I think it’s because I love ALONE time to think/read/brainstorm/plan and I have an almost 3 year old. I choose to stay up at night because I don’t have to worry about when I’ll hear that little voice calling me in the morning – it’s under my control.

    Anyhow, I’ll go with 10:30 to bed, 6:30 to rise (Sat. – Fri.). LORD help me! I need to change. 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    I have trouble getting enough sleep and quality sleep which affects my whole day/wk, and productivity at times, as well as my family. This challenge is just what I need to change some bad habits, make the most out of my time, and to yield positive changes for me and my family in 2016!
    Goal: Get ready for bed@ 9pm, in bed by 9:30, read and lights out by 10pm! Get up btwn 5:15/5:30 AM and go to gym!
    Do this Sun – Thurs; go to bed by midnight on Fri/Sat (up by 9am). I’m tired of my bad habits, sleep deprivation, and ready and excited for this challenge!

  • Michelle says:

    I have trouble getting enough sleep and quality sleep which affects my whole day/wk, and productivity at times, as well as my family. This challenge is just what I need to change some bad habits, make the most out of my time, and to yield positive changes for me and my family in 2016!
    Goal: Get ready for bed@ 9pm, in bed by 9:30, read and lights out by 10pm! Get up btwn 5:15/5:30 AM and go to gym!
    Do this Sun – Thurs; go to bed by midnight on Fri/Sat (up by 9am). I’m tired of my bad habits, sleep deprivation, and ready and excited for this challenge!

  • Vala Tryggvadóttir says:

    I’m in! I am aiming for being a sleep by 11:30 p.m. and up at 6:30 on weekdays. I’ll be giving myself a little slack during the weekends.

  • Ally Keast says:

    I so need this. My bedtime will be 10pm! My sleep habits have been so crazy lately

  • Yes, I would like to join in!! I want to be in bed shortly after 9:30pm, so I can fall asleep sometime between 9:45 and 10pm. Then, my alarm is set for 5:45 am. Since I just finished your 14-day MOYM course, I’m committing to sticking with my morning routine every weekday in Feb. So this is perfect!

  • Catherine says:

    I’m aiming to wind down for the evening by 9:45, be in bed by 10:15, and asleep by 10:30.

  • Wendy says:

    Great challenge 🙂 I would love to get to bed and be asleep by 10pm. Thanks heaps for the motivation!

  • Christine says:

    I am in. I will be in bed by 9 and asleep at 9:30. I will be up by 5am.

  • I’m in! My goal is to be in bed by 9 every night.

  • Charlene says:

    I would like to ! I typically get up early would like to get to bed by 10 PM. I have been going to bed closer to 10:30. Excited to get on track!

  • Monica says:

    I need a full 8 hours of sleep every night and I love being up at 5 am so I need to be asleep by 9pm. Start my nightly routine about 8:15. Be in bed between 8:30 and 8:45. This is actually a difficult time because I’ve only got 1 out of 3 kids down for the night by this time and my middle child goes to bed at about 8:00. But I really loooove that alone time in the morning and I’ve tried doing less sleep and it isn’t good for anyone! So that is what I’m going to commit to. ?

  • I so need this! I’m setting my initial goal to be asleep by 10:00 pm ~ meaning I’ll have to be in bed by 9:15 to give me plenty of time to settle in, read a little and doze off. 🙂 Thank you so much for posting and for the link to Beth’s post!

  • Tina says:

    In bed by 9:00 asleep by 9:30 and up 5:30. This will be my goal but may have to change on nights my son has basketball games as those can run rather late at times.

  • Jennifer says:

    I tend to be an insomniac, so this is really going to be a challenge for me. I have also recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, so the sleep I do get isn’t very restful; hopefully that is on the way to being corrected. I only seem to need around 6 hours of sleep, so I plan to go to bed around 9:30, read for a while and hopefully be asleep by 10:30, then up at 5:00.

    Other members of the household get up at 6:30, so in order to have my quiet time and any time for myself, I have to get up earlier, but I love the early morning hours.

    Please pray for restful, restorative sleep so I CAN get up early.

  • Tracy says:

    I’m in! 10:30 to bed, hopefully out by 11 😉

    Thanks! I’ve always been a night owl, what I really need is to be the early bird…how much better the days truly are!

  • michele says:

    I have to face that I probably won’t follow through with checking in and commenting, but hope putting it out there once will help (because we’ve tried so many times to fix this…)
    The plan is to be in bed by 10:30 if I want to read or 11:00 if I choose to watch a 10:00 show INSTEAD of reading. (I need to stop feeling like I get both!) Right now I get up at 7:00 but when my migraines improve (I’m certain I’m making them worse from bad sleep habits) I’ll start working on getting up earlier. I will also give myself permission to just stop and go to bed earlier in the evening when I’m tired rather than waiting for bedtime, which is ridiculous but I sometimes do it! Feel so stupid for being my own worst enemy on something so basic!

  • Lynnette Parmer says:

    Yes! I so need this. I actually set a February goal for myself of this exact thing before I read this. I will be starting my winding down at 9pm (shower and relax with my husband by playing board games, reading, etc) and then turn lights out at 10pm 6 days a week for the month of February. Wake up time for me is 6am (which I’ve been doing fine with except that I have been a bit of a grouch lately because I haven’t been going to bed on time).

  • Sarah says:

    In!! 10 bedtime, 5:30 wake up! ??

  • Debi Z says:

    I need lights out by 10:00. I plan to be in bed by 9:30. I am bummed that I missed your friend’s Go To Bed Challenge!

  • Rhiannon says:

    I definitely need this. On weekdays I do fair with getting up early, 5-5:45, but sometimes I don’t wind down until 11:00. That is not fun for my body. This will be a great way to stay accountable.

  • HollyK says:

    I was so happy to get your e-mail this morning!!!! I had already decided to start the exact same thing on Monday, so it’s nice to have the added accountability. I prayed about what to give up for Lent this year and I felt God say to me “sleeping-in every morning!” Ugh! That means I have to go to bed on time, so I was going to start getting practice a week before Lent begins because I know how hard it will be! Bed at 9; Asleep at 9:30 for me!

  • Sarah says:

    I’m in. First time doing this! My plan is to get my jammies on and take my contacts out around 9, right after I finish getting all the kids in bed. For some reason, getting ‘ready for bed’ always keeps me from getting to bed! Then I’ll relax in bed from 9:30-10 and lights out by 10:30 at the latest!
    Thank you!!

  • Stacey says:

    I am in for this challenge. My goal is winding down at 8:15 and out by 9:00. That is being all children are not struggling with sleeping. Children will be in bedrooms by 7:00 and lights out by 7:30. Lord helps us with this as I desperately need back my sleep and routine after Christmas break. All up by 5:40. I have given myself grace to pass on the morning challenge, as I struggle with some medical conditions and really need as much sleep as possible to function for work and for my family.

  • Carla says:

    I need to have lights out by 10:30 or 11; so wind down should be 10 or 10:30 Sunday through Thursday

  • CJ says:

    I’m starting with 11:30pm. My husband comes home around 9pm and I am an exclusive pumper for my 1 year old so usually it is midnight and beyond.

    11:30 will allow me and hubby to spend an hour and a half together and I can adjust my pump to about 30 minutes earlier.

  • Renate says:

    I’m in! I plan on getting ready for bed at 9:30 and lights out by 10 pm. Waking up by 6 to start my day.

  • Whitney says:

    I’m in and so excited! My target go to bed time will be 9:00pm, Sunday through Thursday nights. Can’t thank you enough for the way you’re helping to revolutionize my mornings! 🙂

  • Vanessa says:

    I am in! This is exactly what I need! My goal is in bed by 9:30 pm and up by 5 am. If I could do this, it will completely makeover my day! Thank you!

  • Jenny Austin says:

    Yes – please I am Sooo in!!! I will be going to bed at 10:00pm and waking up at 5:15am….. ?? Thank you for having this challenge….

  • Kathy says:

    I’m in! Boy, do I need this! I’ve recently retired and I’m getting into the bad habit of staying up later and later. My goal is to go to bed by 11:30 and up at 6:30.

  • Samee says:

    Sign me up! My goal is to be in bed by 10, asleep by 10:30, awake at 6 am. ??

  • Great idea! My husband and I were just talking about how we can’t get up early and do our prayer and exercise. I asked, “How early would we have to get up to do it?” And then, “How early would we have to go to bed to get up that early?” Brilliant strategies.

  • Breanne Wright says:

    I was just thinking how badly I need this! I let myself stay up WAY too late and then up with babies half the night too. My goal is in bed by 9:30 and asleep by 10:00. I would like to start my day between 5:30-6:00.

  • Linda says:

    SO NEED THIS!!! Will never manage 8 hours, but more than 4 would be an improvement. Need to be asleep no later than 10 on the days I get up at 4:30 – M T TH… Would it be easier to set one bedtime every workday til Friday?

  • Zimrad says:

    I go to bed at 8:30 with my little ones. Expext them to sleep by 9 . My alarm goes off at 9:30 to shut my phone off and sleep. But often i stay up late reading or cleaning our school room.
    If i sleep the same 8 hours every night 6 am shouldnt be a problem. I need help.

  • cynthialeigh says:

    I will join you (since I’ve already tried and failed doing it on my own for the last 2 weeks)! I will be in bed by 10:00 with lights out by 11:00.

  • Sharon says:

    I have to get up at 7am and need at least 8 hours sleep, so I aim to be in bed by 10 and asleep by 10.30 – fingers crossed! x

  • Victoria M says:

    I’m in. In bed with lights out at 10, which means I need to close things down and get ready at 9:15 so I can have a few minutes of journaling or reading before going to sleep.

  • Anne says:

    I will get in bed around 8:30 pm with screens off and lights off at 9pm. I do better with consistency so I’m aiming to do it every night. I am 17 weeks pregnant and already have insomnia at times from all the bathroom breaks so my wake up time is 6:45 am. I need enough time to get dressed before my toddler gets up at 7 and it makes a huge difference if I’m not still in my PJs.

  • Kim says:

    I’m in! My goal is to go to sleep by 1030 and wake up by 530. Thanks for doing this. I really need external accountability to make these kinds of lifestyle changes!

  • lori says:

    Well since I already get up at 5:30 to get the pre-adults up for school. I will go to bed at 10:30 which is really early for me. I am usually up til 1:00 am. There’s just not enough hrs. in a day for me.

  • Ann says:

    I’ll be trying to go to bed at 9.30 and be asleep at 10. I have to get up around 5.30.
    I have been struggling with this since my husband is a night owl and I’m definitely not.

  • Suzanne says:

    I’ve been working on this recently myself so perfect timing for me! I need to have lights out by 11:00 pm – so my commitment is to be in bed between 10:30 – 10:45 at the latest so I can have time to wind down and read……thanks and looking forward to this!

  • Alison says:

    I’m in. One place I’m really lacking is going to bed early. So in bed & asleep by 10:30pm for a 5-5:30am rise. One of the best things I did last year was your Make Over Your Mornings Series Crystal. It’s changed my life. THANK YOU. Looking forward to making those mornings easier by getting to bed earlier. ?

  • Madrisa says:

    I’m in! Thanks for doing this challenge right when I need it. I plan to be in bed asleep by 10:30 p.m. This means being in bed by 10 pm and starting to wind down at 8:30 pm (evening routines, prep for next day). I also want to commit to being off electronics by 8:30 pm (except for evening FaceTime chat with my spouse — maybe do it on Mac computer where I have f.lux installed to avoid the dreaded blue light.)

  • Kelly says:

    I’m in as we’ve been sliding lately. In bed by 9:00 and up at 4:30.

  • Amanda says:

    My initial target is to be in bed by 10.30 and up at 6.30 am but I’m aiming for bed at 10.00 pm and up at 6.00 am.

  • Cara says:

    I am SO up for this challenge! My husband and I are training for a half-marathon now, so we are getting up early to run before our days start… BUT…I can only get up (5:40 a.m. goal time) when I have a good nights sleep. Winding down time / bedtime routine = 9:00 p.m. In bed= 9:30 p.m. Lights out at = 10:00 p.m. I am hoping by actually posting this, it will help keep me accountable. Thanks!

  • Rebekah says:

    With Adrenal fatigue sleep is vital in my life! Thank you so much for all the motivation and encouragement! In bed between 9 and 9:30 for me!

  • Nicole says:

    I’m in. I’ve chosen 10PM for me to go to bed every evening and 5AM for me to get up every morning.

  • Lesa says:

    I’m in! I had started this earlier this year and got sick, so I fell off the wagon.

    Bedtime 10:30 pm. Getting up between 5:30 – 6:30 a.m. based on what time DH has to be at work that day.

  • I have just finished the Make Over Your Mornings course for the 2nd time, so this has been on my mind. I plan to be in bed between 10 and 10.30, up at 6.30. I heard about the idea of setting yourself a “go to bed” alarm so I’m going to try setting a reminder at about 9.30 to start getting ready for bed.

  • Marte says:

    Hi Crystal,
    I am enjoying your “Make Over Your Mornings” which has really helped me in starting the days on the right foot. But have to admit that getting to bed is actually the hardest part, so this challenge is perfect for me!
    My goal is to be asleep no later than 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. That means I have to be in bed no later than 9.45 p.m.
    I have been a little afraid of accountability so far, but I am going to beat that and post an update of this challenge on Instagram every morning.
    Good luck to you and all the rest who has signed up for this. We can do it! 🙂

  • Heather says:

    My goal is always to be asleep between 10 and 10:30, and I wake up at 6:25 every weekday morning. Sometimes I’m better at meeting my goal than other times. It will be good to have a week of staying accountable.

  • I am in! I have been doing the 21 Day Go to Bed on Time Challenge, but I have not been very successful due to a teething baby and other circumstances that I could not entirely control….I do like her accountability emails so will keep reading and keeping up with those, but I love that I can join this one too as a fresh start of sorts! 🙂 My goal is to be in bed between 9:30/10 and lights out by 10! 🙂

  • Crystal Young says:

    My wake up time is 5 am, so I need to be in bed by 10 pm (I pretty much fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow), so I start my evening routine at 9 pm. I am more consistent than not with this so far! Yay!

  • Dilenna Coon says:

    I’m in! I plan on being in bed by 9:45 and up at 5:15am Mon- Fri. My biggest challenge is putting my phone down at night. I just end up mindlessly scrolling through stuff which ends up being such a time waster. Thanks for the accountability!

  • Tania says:

    I’m in 10pm for me, which then means I need to wind down starting at 8:30/9:00pm. Really looking forward to this challenge.

  • Jen Wolbert says:

    I’m in! I want to be asleep by 10:00 pm, so no later to bed than 9: percent for me too. Now, our next challenge needs to be about getting our pets to let us sleep all night!

  • Jen says:

    I’m joining too! I’m going to aim for 9:30pm bedtime. I work in the medical field, and only get 1 day off per week to catch up on sleep, so hopefully this will help with the early mornings!

    And instead of choosing Fri/Sat as my grace days like Crystal, I’ll pick 2 other days that will vary week to week in order to stay up and see my husband (he gets off work at 10pm)!

  • Rosa says:

    I’ll participate in this challenge. My goal to be in bed is 10:30. Thank you for this challenge.

  • Beverly says:

    I’ve admired your get up early challenge but I think you are right on the money with realizing we need the get to bed early challenge first. My goal is 10pm in bed and lights out at 10:30. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Rebecca says:

    Crystal, thank you, thank you, thank you! I SO need help in this area! For quite a while now, I have wanted to get to bed earlier but I usually end up doing tasks that I was supposed to have done earlier in the day and/or I am so looking forward to having my down time that I spend WAY too much time on the computer! Then I go to bed super late, disappointed and frustrated that I have YET AGAIN allowed myself to stay up much later than I should! Every day I wake up tired and feel so out of it throughout the day! Also, my five year old usually wakes me up between 6:15-6:30 which really isn’t that early but it is to me because I’ve been up until usually 12-1 am! I am hopeful and pray that this encouragement and accountability you are offering is just what God can use to change me in this very important area! I want to bless and encourage my husband and children by being a loving, fun, kind, productive and engaged wife and mom! Thanks again for offering this challenge!!! 🙂
    Oops! Almost forgot to put the time – I hope to be in bed by 10:30, eventually 10:00.
    PS I purchased your Make Over Your Morning many months ago and have yet to do more than the first day’s content because I am so tired and out of it and am always running behind in the morning trying to play catch up. I would LOVE to get up earlier and have devotional time before starting my day. I haven’t been able to put that into practice for so long now, especially since our five year old wakes up and comes to our room to sleep. She hasn’t slept well all her young life so we let her in with us just so we can all hopefully get some much needed sleep. I didn’t mean to go on so long but I have done so only because I felt like I could be real with you and your community and also to let you know that I appreciate you doing this so much! Blessings to you and your family! 🙂

  • Jenny says:

    Ugh! This will be so hard, but I’m in! In bed by 10 – asleep by 10:30 and get up by 6 am.
    Thank you!

  • Chelsea says:

    I’m in! In bed by 9:30 so that hopefully I will be asleep by 10…I need to get up at 5/5:30…

  • Beth B says:

    Thank you so much for putting this out there!! This is such perfect timing as I’ve decided lack of sleep is what is holding me back from being more productive (and making me more cranky)! I was going to do this in my own anyway, but having accountability will make this so much better! My goal is to be in bed by 10 so I can get up more easily at 5:15.

  • Emily says:

    Goal time is 10:30 which means wind down starts at 10! This will also help my procrastinating tendencies since I can’t count on staying up to finish assignments due at midnight for grad school 🙂 I do love my 5:30 wake up time now, I read the first 5 app and try to set my heart and mind on God, have my coffee, walk the dog, and have time for a real breakfast before work. Since I work 12 hour shifts I do get tired by the end of the day, but I think this new go to bed early challenge will be the perfect remedy for that! Thanks Crystal for the inspiration in growing my faith and sticking to a healthy routine.

  • Jodi says:

    I’ll join in!

    My goals: In the shower by 9pm to be in bed at 9:30pm to be asleep by 10pm for a 6am wake-up.

  • juul says:

    Yes I am in. Waking up in time is a big deal for me. Love to be in bed around 10:00 and asleep before 10:30.

  • Ann says:

    I want to be in bed at 8:30. I’m up at 4:00 -4:30 for work four days a week. Great idea!

  • Cambria says:

    Love this! This is something I have been working on a lot over the last month and I’ve gotten so much better, but still have lots of room for improvement so I’d love to join in. My goal is to be in bed, asleep by 10:30 every night. I’d like to even push it to 10pm if possible most nights but 10:30pm will be my overall goal for the month!

  • Kathryn Moore says:

    I’m joining! I just completed the MYM course and would love to have 21 days of going to bed early so I can get up early and start my morning well! Our time to be in bed is 9pm, lights out at 9:30.

  • Micaela says:

    I am in. My goal is to be in bed by 10:00pm and asleep by 10:30pm. Then wake up by 6:00am.

  • Sue says:

    I am in. Getting to bed by 10.

  • Sara Jane says:

    I’m in. I’ve been shooting for bedtime by 11pm and doing okay with it, but it’s time to get serious. =)

  • Allison says:

    This is quite a problem for me and has been for many years. I am a true Night Owl and have a horrible habit of staying up way too late even when I say I am going to go to bed early. I am normally wide awake at the time the rest of the world is going to bed. The trouble comes the next morning when I am feeling the affects of staying up too late and end up being exhausted at work. So this is exactly what I need. I also need external accountability to be able to adopt a new habit.

    So I am joining Crystal’s challenge and committing to starting my bedtime routine at 9am after putting my daughter to bed. I want to be in our bedroom by 9:30pm and lights out by 10am. I have to get up M-F at 6am so that will give me 7-8 hours of sleep each night, which as a nurse I really need.

    Here we go!

  • Jennifer says:

    My husband and I are night owls as well, having four children in their late teens or early 20s (one with severe Down Syndrome, two with anxiety disorder, and one with ADHD), another boy in his early 20s living with us until he gets back on his feet (also with depression/emotional issues), and a five year old. And two demanding jobs (I’m a teacher of middle school students with autism; he’s a firefighter)…and two high-energy dogs. Seems like by the time everyone is done with supper and baths and in bed, it’s already past 11…and that’s when husband/wife time starts. We are often up until 12 or 1 or even 2 AM…and on work days, we have to be up by five or six. I will not have my private God time or any exercise unless I do it first thing in the morning around 4:45 at the latest. This schedule = exhaustion and burnout…and we have been trying somewhat unsuccessfully as a team to change this for a few months. Guess which part of my day has been sacrificed for the last year or so? The most important, centering, energizing part, of course! I totally need to be reminded of and encouraged in maintaining a bedtime of 10:30-11PM S-Th, or earlier if possible, so I have a shot at enough self-control and willpower to peel myself out of my ultra-comfy bed when I should. In order to do this, I have to forgive myself repeatedly for not accomplishing “everything” that “needs” to be done to do my best for my kids at work, and be home by 5:30 or six at the latest from work each night (it’s a 20 minute drive). That way our supper and evening activities can start and end earlier. Thanks for sponsoring this challenge!

  • Beth says:

    I’m in. I will aim to be in bed by 10pm.

  • Jenny says:

    I’m in! As I’ve been going through the Make Over Your Year course I’ve realized that I can’t do any of it if I’m not sleeping. One of my focus areas is self care and the biggest for me there is sleep. I’m the same as Crystal–up at 5:30 to get everyone out of the house by 6:30. I’m challenging myself to lights out at 9:30. That means upstairs and doing the whole beauty ritual no later than 9. I love, love, love to stay up late. The 7 am start time is the only thing I don’t like about being a high school teacher. I’m excited to do this challenge!

  • Mary says:

    I’m in. This is so hard for me. At the end of the day I’m shattered but I want so much to have some quiet down time that it’s really hard to get the kids in bed & then just go to bed myself. Plus my husband is a night owl & it’s hard to go to bed when he’s still up. I feel bad for missing that time with him. BUT I’m becoming convinced that this one habit could be the difference I need in my life that will take me from “surviving” each day to actually LIVING the life I want & know I’m called too. So I’m in. Thank you for doing this.

    • Mary says:

      PS, my time is 10pm, wind down starting by 9:)

    • Cathy says:

      I totally get your experience, Mary. The only bit of time I get to myself (or to finally sit down!) is once all three of my kids are in bed – usually nine or 9:30 PM. But staying up much past that will leave me sleep deprived and cranky, how I operate most of the time ? Hopefully this challenge will get me in the habit of doing when I truly need to enjoy life and be more productive, even if it means giving up my “alone time.”

  • Shelley says:

    I am striving for 9pm bedtime, start winding down @8:20pm and rise between 4:30 and 5am.
    Thank you for always encouraging me.

  • Ann-Morgan Krueger says:

    This is awesome! Our whole family is in! Our daughter, Katie (7th grade) has chosen to wind down by 8:40 and asleep by 9:20 (she has to be at school before 7am). Our second daughter, Paige (5th grade) chose wind down by 8:30 and asleep by 9 (she’s at school by 8:20). Our son Sam (2nd grade, but homeschooled) should be down by 9pm. Our youngest (who refuses to nap and just turned three this week) needs to be down by 8pm (start by 7:30). I asked my husband what time is realistic (since we have to take kids to school by 6:45am and typically go to bed at 12-1am), and he said we’d aim to shut down by 11pm and have lights out by 11:30. Our struggle is that he is a physician and has to chart and do paperwork for a minimum of 3 hours a night (and he gets fined if he gets more than 2 days behind). He works in the office from 7:30am-6pm and then we have practices and games for the kids until about 8 or so. It’s just hard to fit in time for him to keep up with the work. I find it’s not until the kids are in bed that I can ever start to glance over email and catch up on anything, so I’m usually frantically trying to work at that time, too. The problem is we wake up tired, and the feeling of going through the day exhausted and behind is a cruddy one. I’d love to feel on top of things right out of the gate! 🙂

  • Cathy says:

    I definitely need this. I’ve developed a bad habit of staying up too late for some “alone time” or to finish tasks (which may devolve to “stupid TV” or random internet surfing) despite that I’m exhausted and will end up sleep deprived the next day. It’s not working! My morning schedule varies depending on my morning run plan and occasional work travel. My goal is to be in bed with lights out by 10 PM on Sundays and Tuesdays, waking at 5 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays. In bed by 9:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and waking at 4:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Becci says:

    I’m in! I need this desperately!! 10 PM is my time for bed.

  • Kristin says:

    I would like to be in, but is it only on Instagram? I only have Facebook. I would like to be in bed at 9:30, lights out by 10. I am still working through your Make Over Your Mornings, course, and though I set a goal of getting up at 6:30 at the beginning, I have only reached that goal a handful of days. Want to get on the right track! Thanks for providing accountability. 🙂

  • Kim says:

    I’m in! Bed by 10pm, alarm set and up by 6 am!

  • Lizzie says:

    I’m in! I really need to do this. I want to be asleep by 10:00. Working backwards, that means….. I want to have the lights out by 9:40… Which means I want to have the house quiet and settled by 9:00 so I can fit in my evening devotions and some reading/planning time… Which means I need to have the children all tucked into bed by 8:30…. Which means I probably should turn the wi-Fi ofd by 8 PM. So, the plan is
    Wifi off – 8:00
    Children tucked in – 8:30
    Into my own room – 9:00
    Lights out – 9:40

  • Sally says:

    In bed by 9:00, lights out at 10. We will work on making it closer to 9 o’clock lights out.

  • Lizzie Mills says:

    I’m in <3 My bed time goal is 9.30pm (which means computer off at 9pm, hopefully I'll be asleep by 10pm)

  • Stephanie says:

    Fantastic timing. I’m in! In bed at 9, lights out at 9:30.

  • Jessica says:

    Dang, totally missed the get up early challenge! I’ll keep working on that (6 am), but also working on going to bed early. Let’s say, 10:30! Will be tough with some work travel coming up. Awesome challenge! Thanks!

  • Andrea says:

    Thank you Crystal. As a natural night owl, I always have “one more thing” to do at night and it’s hard to cut it off. I really need this challenge. Wind down at 9pm. In bed at 9:45. Thank you!

  • Lauren says:

    I’m in! In bed by 9.30 and up by 5.30 or 6am : )

  • Jill says:

    I’m in! My goal is to be in bed at 9:30.

  • Eboni Young says:

    I’m so excited about this challenge. I’m prepared to have to #GoToBedEarly. My settleing in time will be 9pm. My go to bed time 10pm and wake up time is 5:45AM. Whoo who!! #ChallengeAccepted

  • Mai-Britt says:

    I’m in! I aim for bed 10 and slep latest at 10.30. I get up between 6.30 and 7, but with enough sleep I tend to wake up a bit earlier, which gives me wonderful extra quiet time/ me time.

  • Tracy Andrews says:

    I’m planning on being in bed by 9:45 after my husband leaves for work and asleep by 10. I fall asleep fast. Then I want to be up by 5. My kids have to be on the bus by 7, so that gives me some time before they are up in the morning.

  • BreAnn says:

    This is great! Thank you for doing it! Our goal is kids in bed at 8pm, me and hubby in bed by 9pm, and asleep by 9:30pm.

  • Aimee says:

    I’m in. My goal is to be asleep by 10:30 and up by 7:30.

  • Swapna says:

    I would love to do this – I want to be in bed by 10:30 at the latest and be up by 6 am. I would prefer to be in bed by 10 pm but 10:30 pm at the very latest. I’m pregnant right now and need more sleep than usual.. 🙂

  • Jewels says:

    I’m in desperate need of accountability…I’m shutting down at 9pm and in bed at 930 pm, hoping to be asleep by 10!

  • Michelle says:

    I’m also in for this challenge! My wind down time is 10pm and in bed by no later than 11pm.

  • Valerie says:

    I am in. I would like to be in bed with lights out by 10:15. I want to wake up at 6:30. I have a night owl husband and a bunch of teens that are up late so I rely on a white noise machine to mask the noise. I am asking family members to make the house quiet at 9:45. My 9 year old has a hard time settling because of the noise too so this will be good for her too!

  • K Ann Guinn says:

    I am in for 11 pm bedtime (start winding down by 10 pm) on weeknights, and 12 am on weekends.

  • I am in!!! I NEED this challenge more than I can express:) I also need to get my kids on a routine for bedtime as well. We have slipped off of the bedtime routine and its been very hurtful. I want my bedtime to be 10PM with wind down time at 9 and in bed by 9:30! I look forward to this challenge.

  • Catherine says:

    I’m in! This is my year of rest and what a great way to start!

  • Eva says:

    My goal is 9:30 p.m. I need this as well with all the getting ready to move havoc going on. And waking by 6:15 so I can have quiet time before I drive the kids to school. Love this idea.

  • Becky says:

    I’m in for this challenge! I have to get up at 5 am to have time to get ready for work and quiet prayer time before husband and kids get up. I leave the house at 7am. So, in order to get my 8 hrs of sleep, I need to be in bed before 9pm. I will have to work my way back so I can actually go to sleep and not toss and turn. Last night I tried to go to sleep, but my dear husband kept talking to me. He asked if that was okay. I said it was as long as he didn’t expect me to respond! ?

  • Diane says:

    I NEED THIS!!!!! I’m a night owl who is allergic to mornings but need to be at work by 8 am. I tell myself EVERY night that I need to be in bed by 11 pm…but it’s usually 1 am by the time my head hits the pillow. Then in the morning when my alarm goes off, I hit the snooze button repeatedly until the verrrrrrrrry last minute I can stay in bed…such a vicious cycle!!

  • xiomara says:

    11pm will be my goal

  • Angela Edel says:

    I am so excited for this. I have been working on the Makeover Your Mornings course and to do that I need to be in bed early. This will gladly help – I am in and starting tomorrow! My goal is to be in bed by 9:30 p.m. and lights out by 10:00 p.m. Then up by 5:30 a.m. So excited to see a transformation of better rest!

  • em says:

    Really need this!! Almost 40 and been struggling with staying up too late most of my life. It’s getting old!!! Lights out at 11 pm and up at 6 am (:

  • Liz says:

    I’m so in. I’ve been trying to get up and do an actual morning routine beyond shower, shave, get the kids out the door, but going to bed early is my downfall. My time will be 11pm, with or without the hubby (I will let him enjoy his non-self employed self and his time he gets to not think about work… For now 😉 ).

  • IM says:

    Love it! I wake at 5:20, so plan to get to bed by 10 PM for consistent rest!

  • Michelle says:

    My husband and I are going to do this challenge together! We plan to start winding down by 9pm, in bed by 9:30pm and asleep by 10pm. He is up by 5:30 already and I will start to join him. We’ve been working towards this schedule for awhile now and we hope to become consistent at maintaining it through this challenge. We both know that lack of sleep is hurting us and our family so together we want to make it better.

  • I need to do this! I will be attempting to be in bed by 11. That may not be early, but it is a good start!

  • Rachel says:

    I love this challenge! I don’t have much of a problem getting up at 4:50 am because my family is counting on me to get up, get things done, and keep everyone on schedule… However, making my health (& mood) a priority by going to bed earlier, just hasn’t been happening. I am aiming to be in bed at 9 pm and asleep by 10 pm. I’m really excited to see how this will improve my marriage (more evening time with hubby) and and the effect it will have on my mood/patience level with the kids. I want to always be the relaxed, happy mom who can handle moving at their pace!

  • Risa says:

    I’m in. ? Definitely needing it! Goal is to be in bed by 10pm and sleeping by 11pm and up by 7/7:30am. I’m in bed before 10pm on the first night, so I’m off to a good start! ?

  • LaWanda says:

    Well, I’m already off to a poor start…but I am going to join! I need to get in bed by 10:30. For the past several months, I’ve had to be up and out of the house by 5:40 am. However, the conclusion of basketball season means no one has to be at school before 8:15! So, I am hoping to get to bed earlier so that I can start using my 5am hour to work on a major project.

  • Leah says:

    I choose 10:30 to go to bed and 7:00 to wake up. I am doing this so I can feel better physically and mentally. I also want to be up before my three yr old.

  • Stephanie says:

    This is great! My goal is to be in bed between 9-9:30pm so that I can read and then my husband & I can watch a show together or just have some quality time to talk. I want to get up 3-4 times a week at 5am to go workout before work. I would also like to incorporate meditation one of the days.

  • Jennifer says:

    9:30 bed time and 10:30 asleep time. 6:30 wake up

  • Claire says:

    Hi! This is so great! I work from home, and I do that best in the mornings, so going to bed early is a must if I want to stay productive. My goal is to get int bed around 9:30 and be asleep by 10pm at the latest. I’m usually up by 5am, so this will help me get 7 hours of sleep each night. My work week is Tuesday-Saturday, so I want to get in bed early Monday-Friday.

  • Joleen says:

    I could really use the accountability and encouragement on this one! I’d like to be in my room preparing for bed and the next day by 9:30 and lights out at 10:30.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I’m in! I plan to be in bed asleep by 10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. My goal is to be up by 6 a.m. giving me a minimum of 7.5 hours of sleep.

  • Ben S says:

    My goal is to be in bed by 10:30 and asleep by 11pm. Then I should be able to wake up at 7am. Normal is about an hour later but I think a challenge to shift my schedule will be great.

  • Hetal says:

    Hope I am not too late dear. I got to know about this challenge from your instagram feed. And I am joining you because going to bed early is a major challenge for me and I want to create a breakthrough in this area for a long long time. I guess with you and others I can do it. Usually I sleep at 1am 😛 Bad..Bad.. But enough. So to make a realistic goal, I will go to bed at 11pm now. Let’s see..please support me.

    Love n Light..

  • Frances Moreno says:

    My hope is to be in bed by 9:30pm and HOPEFULLY asleep by 10pm. This will give me time to read and wind down! This schedule gives me plenty of time to sleep and get up at 5am to start my day!

  • Diane says:

    Day 2 – I didn’t get to bed at 11 pm…still hard for me to turn off my computer and television at 10 pm…but did get in by 11:30 so I’m making progress…My new mantra is “Go. to. bed. Diane!!!”

  • Jenna says:

    This is awesome! I have been trying to find a way to go to bed early for so long. I know it will make a huge difference in my health. My poor husband wakes up at 4:30 every morning, so he doesn’t get much sleep during the week. This will benefit him as well because I am the one keeping him up. :/

    5:00 pm Start Dinner
    6:00 pm Dinner
    7:30 pm Kids to bed (reading time)
    8:00 pm Kids lights out
    8:30 pm In bed
    9:00 pm Asleep

    6:00 am Wake up and exercise
    6:30 am Wake up kids

  • Jeremy says:

    OK, I’ll try for trying to sleep by 11:15 and up by 5:30.

  • Tammy says:

    I had a migraine yesterday, so I am all out of sorts, so I am back on track now.

  • Missy says:

    I’m shooting to be in bed by 9:30 each night with lights out at 10. I’ve been doing really well this week and hope to carry it over to next week!

  • Pamela says:

    I am wondering if there are any moms of teens doing this?? I don’t know if I can put myself to bed and trust that they will go to bed at a decent time. Any tips out there?

    • Sarah says:

      As teens they should be taking on more of their own responsibility for their actions. Put yourself to bed. Remind them off their expected wake up time and rest well. In the morning, if they didn’t manage their responsibility well, commiserate with them and kick them out the door to school or their other obligations. Don’t enable them in making their choice your responsibility. Won’t take many days until they figure out what a reasonable bedtime is for their bodies. Tough love maybe. I call it a teaching moment 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    Life long insomniac and at 50 (in 4 days) I’m again trying to flip my days. Last night was the first night I’ve been able to get to sleep before 430a (go me!). 2a down and out and back up at 7a with my alarm. Got more done today than I have in months. Now it’s 8p and I’m actually winding down a little. Going to jump in a shower and call my day done and try to be down by midnight. I can hope. 730a appointment with a new doc tomorrow and it’d be great to not be a zombie.
    Thanks for the challenge Crystal. I’m slow but I’m coming along.

  • Genie says:

    Just discovered this. ….what a great idea! I work 10-6 with an almost hour commute so I’d love to be able to change that and get in early so I can get home earlier. I feel like I have no time to get stuff done so I stay up way late and then drag in the AM. 9:30 to bed, 10:30 asleep or at least lights put, Kindle down!

  • Suzanne says:

    I’m in! I’ve been trying to go to bed earlier, by 10:00 but my daughter gets home from work at 9:30 and that is the only time I get to see her during the week. Hopefully this will give me a push!

  • Noemi Alvarado says:

    I’m planning to be in bed by 9:30, watch a show with my hubby or read a book. Go to asleep by 10:30 the latest. I will be waking up @ 6am before everyone wakes up to do morning prayer or exercise. Looking forward to finally getting some sleep!!

  • Sandra says:

    Is it too late to join the Challenge? Even as I’m typing this I’m fighting the idea inside. But I have to make a change for the sake of my dear husband and sweet little ones. Okay, so here’s my plan: wind down at 9:00, in bed by 9:30, lights out at 10:00.

  • Dawn of MD says:

    I had a small fall the other day that resulted in a pinched nerve in my neck. Last night and tonight’s going to bed schedules are out the window. Falling asleep when there seems to be no position free of pain is daunting at best. Tomorrow is a new day!

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