When you go to bed have a bigger impact on your life, productivity and mood than you can imagine.
But when is the perfect bedtime? – 10pm is the perfect bedtime.
Going to bed at 10pm empowers you to get the recommended 7–8 hours of sleep, and still wake up by 5 or 6am.
That implies you can get in at least a 30-minute workout in the morning. Working out early in the morning a common habit among the most successful and productive people. And they are at work by 8 or 9am.
With exercise, and an energized mind, you are balanced and prepared to handle your most important task of the day, all before lunch.
Also, when you do that, you’re playing with the house’s money for the remainder of the day.
Actually, I believe a productive morning routine actually starts the night before.
Most people have commitments in the morning, so sleeping in is impossible. That means the only way to get a full night’s sleep that is setting you up for a highly-productive day, is to go to go to bed earlier the night before.
Going in bed at 10pm isn’t a huge compromise. You still can have a pleasant and productive evening including family time, dinner, work, TV, reading, glass of wine, without rushing to bed.
Even if you don’t get home from work until 7pm, that still means you have 3 hours to make the most of the night before heading to sleep.
Bedtime truly cuts into the evening. A bedtime much later than 10pm cuts into sleep time and the ability to be productive the next morning.
Obviously this depends on a genuinely typical schedule that can apply to most people.
I completely admit that there are circumstances (an extra-long meeting, getting the kids off to school, etc.) that may require an alternative schedule. Or maybe you’re a night owl without any commitments in the morning.
In any case, the principle holds true. Find that perfect bedtime balance that allows you to enjoy the evening and still have a effective next day. I am convinced that a 10pm bedtime allows that perfect balance.
How about you?
Share with us what time do you go to bed and what is the routine that works best for you?