You’ve always heard that 11:11 is time to make a wish. Perhaps it’s the best time to go to bed. While that sounds like a plan to me, the experts would say that the best time to hit the hay is earlier than 11:11 pm. In actuality, I go to bed later than that, but it can vary. What time do you go to bed?
According to Women’s Health, the best time for bed is 10:10 pm. Of course, there are people that start work at that time. People have all different schedules, and that brings up a great point. Sleep consistency is of course going to be more important than what time you go to bed. If at all possible, you want to establish a sleep pattern.
This would mean you go to bed and wake up at the same times each day, giving yourself 7-8 hours of shuteye. Of course, you would want to establish a sleep pattern that is conventional if possible, too. But if work or other priorities prevent you from doing so, try to at least be consistent. It’s so very important that you get the right amount of rest each and every day.
Working two jobs from home, I know how challenging it can be to establish a schedule. And it’s not just work but all kinds of responsibilities that can jostle our schedules around. I truly enjoy everything I do, and I just have to keep working at doing my best to also make sleep a priority.
I also live alone, so I really make timely sacrifices when it comes to going to bed at a certain hour. Since it’s just me, I can burn the midnight oil. Yet with a family, I might have to do things a little differently. The truth for all of is, however, that we need our sleep each day.
If you can’t go to bed at the recommended time, which is 10:10 or even earlier, then work towards sleep consistency. And do be sure you don’t sacrifice hours of sleep so that you are healthy and ready to go each new morning. Sometimes we think we can get away with leaving off an hour or two here and there. Do that consistently, however, and it’s going to catch up with you.
Some experts would say the best time to go to sleep is even before 10:10. And of course you have to think about how long it takes for you to fall asleep, too. That can be different for everyone. Let’s say it takes you about 15 minutes to fall asleep. If you want to take that into account but be asleep by 10, then you would want to climb in bed by 9:45.
If you look at the reasons why experts mention specific times like 10:10 and even earlier, there is a science to it for sure. You also want to be sure that you follow a healthy diet in conjunction with your eating habits. They go hand in hand.
Now, people understand that following the right dietary habits can never be done perfectly. Daily diets are always a work in progress, and so that helps you understand that sleep schedules are also a work in progress. There are going to be days when it comes easy, but there will be days when it doesn’t.
On those days when it doesn’t, we just have to keep trying. And of course it does matter that we do try. Some people are further along than others when it comes to sticking to that consistent sleep schedule. I’m all over the place these days. What about you? Let’s try harder!