As children we had a fixed bedtime, determined by our parents. As adults, we decide for ourselves when it is time to sleep – often spontaneously. But what is the perfect bedtime? The British think they have found it: The ideal time for a restful night’s sleep. We’ll tell you whether you should actually switch off the light at exactly 10:37 pm from now on and why an established sleep routine is so important.
- New study: This is the best bedtime
- Why the right bedtime is only half the battle
- Adults also benefit from a fixed bedtime
- How to find your own sleep rhythm
New study: This is the best bedtime
The fact that good sleep is important for our health and well-being should not come as a surprise. But many people feel tired all day or have difficulties getting up in the morning. If this sounds familiar to you and you have trouble falling asleep, you may be going to bed at the wrong time. What if, thanks to the perfect bedtime, you could leave this unpleasant state behind from now on? Going to bed at the right time usually makes it easier to get a good night’s sleep and to get up more easily in the morning.
So, what is the deal with the magic time of 10:37 pm? In a new survey, the British fashion and home company “George Home” asked 1,000 participants about their sleeping habits and found out that this time comes pretty close to the ideal bedtime. Those who go to bed at this time should automatically get enough sleep, wake up more easily in the morning (ideally at 7:19 am) and feel more relaxed and satisfied overall.
Why the right bedtime is only half the battle
You haven‘t yet found a suitable bedtime for yourself? Then you can try the British formula for the perfect night’s sleep, of course. But if you want to wake up well rested in the morning, the right bedtime is only half the battle. The survey was not only revealing regarding the right bedtime. A less pleasant result of the survey: couples who share a sleeping place argue on average at least twice a week because of their different sleeping needs and preferred room temperature. While she is too cold, he sweats at night. According to the British survey, an incredible 45% of all men admitted to secretly opening the window at night while their partner was asleep! Another odd finding: one in four went to sleep in everyday clothes and didn’t change into pyjamas to keep warm at night. Apart from the perfect bedtime, it seems to be important to negotiate a good compromise with your sleeping partner and to ensure a pleasant sleeping climate.
Adults also benefit from a fixed bedtime
You think a fixed bedtime is only for toddlers? Far from it! Going to bed at the same time and getting up at a fixed time in the morning – even on weekends – supports a healthy lifestyle. Using the sleep patterns of 2,000 adults, Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have shown that a regular bedtime can protect you against stress, obesity and cardiovascular disease. In contrast, participants who went to bed at different times were more likely to be overweight and to suffer from high blood sugar and blood pressure. The risk of serious diseases such as heart attack and stroke was also significantly higher in this group. So with a fixed bedtime, you will get healthier sleep, increase your general well-being and do something good for your body, too!
How to find your own sleep rhythm
Do you want to know if you have already found your individual sleep rhythm? With our checklist you can check some of the factors that make up a wholesome bedtime and healthy sleeping pattern:
- In the morning you feel rested and full of energy
- During the day your energy level is constant, and you do not suddenly feel tired
- You only need 15 to 20 minutes to fall asleep
- You don’t have trouble sleeping through the night
- You sleep between seven and nine hours a night
- You wake up just before your alarm clock
Our tip: If you feel that you haven’t found the perfect sleeping rhythm for you yet, simply shift your bedtime by 15 minutes every few days until you wake up just before your alarm. It is important that you keep the same bedtime for three or four days so that your body can adjust.