When was the last time someone told you what time to go to bed? Most of us where probably less than 10 years old. As an adult, our parents are no longer responsible for setting our bedtimes, we often fall asleep whenever we feel like our work for the day is done. But health reports prove that a healthy adult with an active lifestyle needs a certain amount of time to get their sleep on in order for our sensitive bodies to be productive mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually.
Typically our “wake-up” times are socially determined. We have to get up for work or school, get the kids ready — you know the drill. So our wake-up time is pretty consistent. However, the time we are able to get into bed can vary and can actually be within our control.
HERE’S HOW TO FIND YOUR BODY’S BEST BEDTIME:
1. Determine what your typical wake up time will be.
2. Count back five 90-minute cycles or 7.5 hours. Each sleep cycle on average is 90 minutes long and the average person has five of them per night.
3. Set your alarm clock or cell phone to tell you when to go to bed (but remember to reset it for your morning alarm).
4. If you wake up within 10 minutes of your morning alarm after three days of going to bed at your chosen bedtime, you’ve found your perfect bedtime!
5. If not, and you still need your morning alarm to wake up, then move your bedtime alarm back by 15 minutes every three days until you wake up just before your morning alarm. When you wake up before your morning alarm, you have found your perfect bedtime.