Did you know that the most popular time for bed is 10-11pm? More than a third of people go to bed at this time according to our 2017 Great British Bedtime Report which asked ‘what’s your usual weekday bedtime?’.
However there a lot of night owls out there. Nearly half go to bed later than this. Around a third of us stay up until 11pm-12am and 18% of you don’t go to bed until after midnight. However nearly two in 10 of us favour an early night going to bed at 9-10pm and 2% hit the sack before 9pm.
This backs up stats from our previous Great British Bedtime Report in 2013 which also found that 10-11pm was the preferred time for bed for Britons.
Time for Sleep
This is an ideal time as it’s when your body temperature and the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, starts to drop. As the day darkens, your brain will also start to produce melatonin, the hormone you need to make you feel sleepy.
Getting into the habit of a sleep pattern that works well for you is the best strategy. Some of us are naturally pre-disposed to be night owls while others prefer to sleep earlier and wake up early. If you don’t tend to get sleepy until midnight, don’t force yourself to go to sleep at 10pm in the hopes you’ll wake feeling more refreshed.
The best advice is to find a time for bed that works for you and try to stick to it where possible. Our minds and bodies thrive on routine!