Are you wondering when you should hit the sack? How much sleep do you need? What time should you go to bed?
When is the ideal time to go to bed? The answer to this question can be affected by many factors, including your age and your personal body clock.
It’s important that you get sufficient sleep. Experts recommend around 8-9 hours for teenagers and 7-8 hours for adults. However, everyone has their own needs when it comes to sleep, so don’t feel you have to lie in bed forcing yourself to go back to sleep if you’re only getting 6 hours yet feel alert and refreshed.
A useful tool when considering when to go to bed is the website sleepyti.me. This is a bedtime calculator that will tell you ideal times to get up for a certain time, or when to get up if you go to sleep right now. It’s a useful tool, but of course, it doesn’t cover all circumstances. The tool may be useful for adults, but it is not recommended for children, who require more sleep than adults.
If you find it difficult to wake up, feel a lack of concentration or feel irritable, you may not be getting enough sleep. Consider going to bed earlier. This may be difficult at first if your body clock is used to falling asleep later, but eventually your body will settle into a new rhythm.
If you have any questions or concerns about sleep or sleep deprivation, please seek advice from your GP.