British singer Robbie Williams has planned a short stadium tour for 2013 to avoid suffering sleepless nights like he has on lengthy treks in the past.

The 38-year-old pop star, who recently made a solo comeback with a series of big shows at London's O2 Arena, admits he ended up "absolutely physically drained" when he previously hit the road for long-haul tours.

Now Williams is determined to take it easy on his forthcoming Take the Crown dates, which have been scheduled across three months next summer (13) and will take him through the U.K. and Europe.

He tells Britain's Sun on Sunday newspaper, "I'm not like a lot of other people. The last tour I did was nine months and I know people do 18 months and two years and all that business. I don't know how they do it, but nine months was too long for me. It feels like I'm playing a Premier League (soccer) match every night, then after a while I don't sleep so that's the problem.

"I don't sleep, then I worry about being absolutely physically drained and having to deliver the goods again in front of however many thousands of people. That's basically what happened.

"We know that now, so that won't happen again. This is a two and half-month, three-month tour and I know I can do that, not standing on my head, but I know I can do it.

"In the past I always tried to do too much, then I would go, 'F**k, that was too much, let's not do that again for years.'

"I don't want to do that, I want it to be an enjoyable experience. I don't want the touring aspects to be so traumatic."