When is the Best Time to Sleep? Avoiding napping and sticking to a routine is key

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The best time to sleep is when you are tired and when you can get your 7 – 8 hours in. 

Some people get tired early evening, others much later.  Sometimes these can be hours apart. This is completely normal.

The best time to sleep is your normal time.  Sticking to a routine will mean you’re much more likely to fall asleep when you are ‘supposed’ to and when you need to.  Try not to stay up late or go to bed super early. You won’t be doing yourself any favours long term.

Sleeping when you feel tired is not always the best time to sleep.  As a general rule of thumb try not to nap. This lowers your need for sleep or your ‘sleep pressure’ and you will struggle that night.  We’ve written a lot on napping, it can be a tricky one – find out more here

Written by
Sam Billington

Sam is our sleep guru. I am fascinated by sleep and I've used my science training to research and learn about sleep. I have been providing sleep advice and personal sleep plans for years. My day job is Head of Workplace Culture in Defra, I live in London with my wife and have a PhD in Ecology and Biology.