This Is the Best Time to Go to Sleep, According to a Specialist

by Byrdie

Think back to the days when your parents made you jump into your pj's by the dreaded 9 p.m. bedtime. Nowadays, getting through the day and still having enough down time to relax and destress by 9 p.m. is a miracle. 

Gone are the days when all we had to worry about at night was catching the tooth fairy. Bedtime in the adult world means sleeping not when you're sleepy, but when you've finally checked off the last of your mile-long to-do list. According to psychiatrist Ellen Vora, stress and being "overtired" are factors that prevent you from sinking into a sweet slumber as soon as your head hits the pillow. This means staying up three extra hours to finish up an assignment might mean losing more than three hours of sleep. 

Whether it's to finish up the last episode of a Netflix series or to compensate for our procrastination, pushing past that window of sleepiness from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. makes our bodies release cortisol, a stress hormone that leaves you feeling tired but wired. As impossible as it sounds, experimenting with this magic bedtime window might help you find an end to the vicious cycle of exhaustion and sleeplessness. Even if you'd never consider yourself a morning person, your body will thank you for getting up early to get things done rather than staying up late.

Now that you know the best time to fall asleep, make sure the rest of your sleep conditions are optimal, too.

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