What is the best time to go to bed?
The best time to go to bed remains a personal matter, and depends on the amount of sleep you need and when you have to wake up in the morning.
There is not exactly a right bedtime that will work for everyone. Some people sleep better and are fully rested when going to bed at 10PM, when other people prefer staying awake until midnight.
In fact, the question is not so much to know when to go to sleep, but rather when you need to wake up and how much rest you need. Knowing that it is recommended for an adult to sleep 7 to 9 hours a night(1), it’s easy to say that if you wake up at 6.30 am, you should better go to sleep around 11PM/11.30PM since you will most likely fall asleep after 15 minutes.
If you fall asleep after a few seconds or if you feel like you need more sleep, make the right adjustments…
Is the sooner, the better?
You probably have already heard that sleep is more beneficial before midnight. So will someone who goes to bed at 10PM always be in a better shape than someone who goes to bed at midnight? Not necessarily.
The truth is that you will get better rest in the deeper sleep, and you will encounter more deep sleep cycles during the first hours of the night. Besides, if someone wakes you up in the middle of a deep sleep, you will really feel tired… In a way, the sooner you go to bed the better it is, because it gives you time to sleep long enough and get all the rest you need. But going to sleep before or after midnight will not make such a big difference.
In the end, the best way to know when it is time for you to go to bed is whenever you feel tired!