What time do you go to sleep?

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Emily White · Co-Founder of Dreamfuel, Whitesmith Entertainment

During peak business weeks I often go to sleep between 6:00-9:00pm. I know this is insane, but waking between 3:00-6:00am allows me to work on projects in the still of the morning without interruption. I highly recommend it for focusing on certain projects for a set amount of time.

Erin Loechner · Author, Parent

The second my littles are in bed, I follow. This is usually somewhere between 7:00 and 8:30pm, hopefully! I’m definitely an early-to-bed type.

Guy Tal · Landscape and Nature Photographer

Most nights I’ll go to bed early (9-10:00pm), knowing that I am a very light sleeper and will likely wake up multiple times during the night. I’m also prone to episodes of insomnia and on some days I may not go to sleep at all.

Mauricio F. Corridan · Photographer

I usually go to sleep between 12:00 and 1:00am, but sometimes I stay up a little later working or planning upcoming projects.

I used to be a night owl and would spend late nights editing pictures; now I prefer doing this early in the morning, but depending on my week and schedule, I will edit in either the mornings or the evenings.

Vanessa Garcia · Multidisciplinary Artist

I try to go to sleep by 11:00pm, but this really doesn’t happen very often. The reality is that I’m usually asleep by midnight, staying up a little later some nights than others.

Danny Gregory · Artist, Author

I go to bed around 10-10:30pm. Then I read for half an hour.

I fall asleep almost immediately but I’m not a great sleeper and at least once a week I wake up at 3:30am or so and can’t get back to sleep. I usually read my Kindle which has a soft glow and won’t disturb my wife. Sometimes, I’ll wake up with an idea that keeps batting around my skull and I’ll get up and go out to sit at my desk and write it down. That usually gets it out of my head and quiets the voice. Most of the time, when I reread the idea in the morning, it’s crap.

Liesl Gibson · Pattern Designer

Never early enough. I try to get into bed by 11:00pm and do a little reading before going to sleep, but I’m really a night person so it’s easy to get wrapped up in something and forget to go to bed on time.

I tend to wake up really early in the morning (4:00am seems to be my spot), so I listen to a podcast or something to settle my brain and try to get back to sleep again. This restlessness means I need to be in bed for longer than eight hours if I’m going to get enough sleep!

Jon Gold · Designer, Engineer, Adventurer

I’m in bed by 10:00pm most days. I read a book for a while and go to sleep around 11:00pm.

Backstory: I was a night owl for the longest time. Once I tried tracking “go to bed by midnight” on a habit tracking app and gave up because I never, ever managed to do it. I went to bed sometime between midnight and 4:00am for most of my twenties.

Lots of factors contributed to this: living in Europe (American internet was on fire when I was trying to get to bed); freelancing from home or coffee shops; and, honestly, having limited self control.

That said, I’ve observed the benefits of being a morning person for years, and I think I’m finally making it happen.

It’s easy to make bad decisions when we have low energy and rapidly decreasing willpower. I noticed that I tend to stay up all night doing nothing productive on the internet - if I’m on my laptop at 11:30pm, I’ll probably be on it until 2:30am. I fix this by using pretty aggressive content blocks on my laptop. I use the Mac app Focus and set it up to block anything vaguely related to social media, entertainment, or news from 10:00pm until 11:00am (and again at regular intervals during the day). It’s the only content blocker I’ve found that I can’t figure out how to disable; it’s awesome if you struggle with distraction on your computer.

I used to have Focus set until 11:00pm, but I found that even if I stopped using social media at that time, I’d be too tired to get ready for bed in a timely manner. (Ironic, huh?) 10:00pm makes more sense as my wind-down time. I keep Focus blocking distractions until 11:00am in the morning because that’s another low-willpower time of day for me; if I groggily start checking the internet in the morning, I set myself up for having a bad day.

On that note, I charge anything with an LCD screen in my living room overnight. The only device I allow myself to have in my bedroom is my Kindle. Even with Focus and f.lux on my Mac and phone, those devices are too distracting to let me get a good night’s sleep - I don’t want to be tempted to wake up in the middle of the night to see my notifications.

Laura Roeder · Founder of Edgar

Around 10:30pm. I have a no-tech-after-9:00pm rule, which forces me to use the time before bed to read and journal instead of staring at Facebook.

Victoria Durnak · Artist, Sculptor

9:00pm if I’m exhausted, but more often 11:00pm, as after 7:00pm (when my son falls asleep) is when I read, write, plan sculptures, and answer emails.

Isabel De Los Rios · Certified Nutritionist

I go to bed at 9:00pm sharp (or at least that is always the goal). I stay away from anything that may interfere with that bedtime. For example, if I am at a conference and someone schedules a dinner for 8:00pm, I will usually politely decline and try to schedule something with that person at a different time during the day.

It sounds very regimented, but my morning time is so precious to me that I really don’t let anything mess with it.

Sonia Rao · Singer-Songwriter

I’m usually in bed between 11:30pm and midnight.

There are exceptions, of course. I might go out with friends. I might have a show. After a show, I am too wired to fall asleep right away, so I’m up later on those nights. I like to read for a while before falling asleep. Actually, I don’t think I can fall asleep without reading. It’s tough for me to transition from being awake to sleeping without focusing my mind on another story.

Jess Weiner · Social Entrepreneur

By 9:00 or 9:30pm. Of course, we have our binge-worthy shows to take in (House of Cards, Bloodline), and if they aren’t on I’ll check into pop-culture happenings and business news - everything from Forbes to Fast Company, and HelloGiggles for the feel-good stuff. ​ ​ If I’m really diligent, I’ll read a book before bed. I just devoured Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert; it was deliciously inspiring for the creative and consulting work I do!

Arvell Craig · Coach, Strategist

I head to bed between 10-11:00pm (occasionally later). However, I am looking into how I can start getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I may need to look into shorter versions of my morning in order to find the time. Any suggestions?

Katelin Jabbari · Googler, Parent

My goal is to go to sleep by 9:30pm, but I don’t think that’s ever happened. Instead, I usually start getting ready for bed around 9:15pm, am actually in bed by 9:45pm, read for a bit, and then turn off the lights between 10-10:30pm.

Taylor Davidson · Entrepreneur, Photographer

This year, my goal is to turn the computer off at 11:00pm. I’m not always successful because I find that I often need 3-4 hours of undistracted, focused time to work on building financial models, write articles, or really think and work through problems in my mind; often, that time is only available late in the evening. I try to limit those late evenings to a couple times a week, but my continual goal is to shift those late evenings to the early mornings.

Ann Handley · Author, CCO of MarketingProfs

I fight bedtime like a toddler. I try for 10:00pm. I usually drag myself to bed somewhere around 11:00pm, after making various bribes and allowing myself umpteen glasses of water and another chapter of the book I’m reading.

Craig Ballantyne · Author, Fitness Expert

8:00pm. And I’ve learned to fall asleep quickly wearing an eye mask and earplugs.

I’ve shifted my schedule to make it most conducive to my goals and well-being. Everyone who wants to can get to bed and get up a little bit earlier. After all, there was probably a time in college when you slept in late, and somehow you managed to survive the transition to getting up earlier once you got your first job in the “real world.” If you want to get up earlier, it just requires planning and preparation.

Staying up late seems cool, but if it’s not working for your goals, then you have to draw a line, hunker down, and make an important lifestyle change.

If you’re a writer or an artist and worry that you won’t be as creative, that’s unfounded. You can still be creative early in the day.

There are just as many great authors, artists, and even architects that worked early in the morning (Beethoven, Van Gogh, Hemingway, Maya Angelou, Frank Lloyd Wright, etc.) as there were famous night owls. Two authors who switched from a night owl schedule to writing in the morning are Toni Morrison and Neil Strauss.

If Stephen King can get up and write horror novels in the morning (he works from 9:00am to 1:00pm), then we can get up early and write every morning, too.

Dustin Senos · Designer and Engineer

For most of my life I didn’t realize the importance of sleep. You’re always told you need to get eight hours of sleep, but I think I was too young to feel the effect of a lack of sleep.

I was once told that tiredness comes in forty-five minute cycles. The first cycle is feeling tired followed by forty-five minutes of feeling awake. This cycle repeats until you are unable to stay awake.

If you can get to bed during the tired cycle, you’ll fall asleep quicker. Most nights, if I’m paying attention to my body, I start to feel tired around 9:30pm. Because of this I’m often in bed by 9:45-10:00pm.

David Moore · Designer

I go to bed much later than most would say I should (I’m looking at you Dr. Oz).

I feel as a designer we’re kind of a slave to our creativity, and my mind is always going a mile a minute, so I don’t have a set time. I would usually say I turn in around 11:00pm or midnight. However if there is a design challenge I’m trying to solve or an article I’m writing, which I’ve gotten into lately, then there is no hard set time, or I’m working through the night.

Steve Kamb · Founder of Nerd Fitness

I go to bed between 10 and 11:00pm most nights. If I go out and stay out late on a weekend, I still try to get up as early as possible and then take a nap later on that day to stay on routine.

Jeff Morris Jr. · Director of CRM and Engagement, Tinder

On weeknights, I try to fall asleep by 11:00pm.

I remember in film school when I thought it was cool to stay awake until like 3:00am working on random projects. I functioned on six hours of sleep for about five years. My body can’t do that anymore.

Morgan Jaldon · Marathon Runner

Because I wake up early, I do my best if I’m in bed by at least 8:00pm. I run often, so it’s ideal for my body to get eight hours of sleep. I’m not always that lucky though. When I have really late workouts, I’m in bed at 10:00pm, and only get six hours of sleep. But I still feel just as energized!

Rand Fishkin · Founder of Moz

Usually around 1-1:30am, but this can vary wildly as I travel to other time zones. European and Australian travel in particular can put me off schedule for days in a row.

Gregg Carey · Entrepreneur, Survivor Contestant

Typically, I go to bed around 11:00pm to midnight. In my ideal state, I would go to bed at 10:30pm and wake up at 6:00am to get 7.5 hours of sleep.

Lately, I have been prioritizing my sleep in favor of my routine. I’ve realized that sleeping longer will always be the most beneficial thing I can do for myself. In those cases, I will adjust my routine proportionally. I keep the components, but reduce the time.

Danielle Buonaiuto · Soprano

​Anywhere between 11:30pm and 1:30am, depending on how late the concert went the previous night, or how long ​it took me to get home from rehearsal in the far reaches of New Jersey.

Elizabeth Royal · Street Style, Fashion Photographer

I go to bed between 11:00pm and midnight. I have a “no screens after 11:00” rule, but I can do things around the house as late as I want if I’m not sleepy. Usually I end up in bed around 11:30ish and am asleep by midnight.

I actually have a thing on my internet that shuts down all non-essential websites between 11:00pm and 5:00am. I can still get to anything work related or that a client might need me to use, but it blocks time suck websites like Facebook, Reddit, YouTube, and things like that that might distract me from actually going to bed.

Johnny FD · Entrepreneur, Frequent Traveler

I go to bed at 10:30pm but I start winding down around 8:00pm, after dinner. It’s tempting to go out to bars and chase the night, but in reality, I noticed that we only do that when we’re lonely and want to be around others. It’s the reason why couples don’t stay late at bars or go to nightclubs, it’s not because they’re boring, it’s because they are fulfilled.

I used to think I’d be missing out on life if I went home before midnight, but now I realize how much life there is before 10:00am.

Crystal Paine · Author, Speaker

I’ve learned the hard way that it’s very important to prioritize sleep. I’ve found that I need at least a good seven hours of sleep to feel energetic and make the most of my day.

Since I aim to wake up at 5:30am each day, I usually try to have the lights off no later than 10:30pm each night. This means I need to start winding down by 9-9:30pm.

Wesley Verhoeve · Photographer

When I’m really on top of things, I try to do 10-10:30pm, ideally with twenty minutes of fiction reading, but it often ends up skewing later, especially when I travel, and I hit the 11:30-midnight mark.

Louisa Rogers · Business Trainer, Writer

Between 9:30 and 10:30pm, unless I’m having a bad sleep night.

I usually fall asleep cuddled up with Barry on the sofa, while he struggles with The New York Times crossword puzzle. Eventually I’ll head off to bed. Since our earliest days as a couple, we have always honored the idea of “a room of own’s own” for each of us. That “room” has been at different times and in different homes, an office, a nook, a desk, and currently (because our Eureka apartment is small) it takes the form not of space but of time. Just as I have my pre-dawn hours, Barry has his late-night hours.

Molli Surowiec · SoulCycle Instructor, Former Professional Dancer

Sleep is the most important ingredient when it comes to our wellness. We could have the best nutrition, the best job, a great workout routine, but without proper sleep we simply aren’t able to tap into our greatest potential.

When I was working in tech, I liked to think I could get by with about five, sometimes six hours of sleep per night. Now I aim for 7-8, and I do things like shut down my technology at 8:00pm, reach for a book instead of social media, and give my mind and body time to disconnect from a busy day.

Carrie Melissa Jones · Writer, Community Builder

I try to go to bed around 10:30pm, but sometimes I stay up writing until 2:00am. If I do, I just try to be forgiving. All the time, I forgive myself. Rigidity and self-punishment were always my motivators until I moved to Seattle. Now I often think of myself as a little kid. If I overslept, would I yell at me? No. I’d say, “Wow, you must have been tired, honey.” So I say that to myself now: “Wow, you must have been tired, honey. Tell me about it.”

Maybe I sound crazy, but I owe myself that kindness after not having it for so long.

Ash Huang · Writer, Designer, Illustrator

Anywhere between 11:00pm and 1:00am. My fiancé is a night owl, so sometimes it depends on when he gets home. I try to spend a few hours with him before I sleep.

Regardless, I’m pretty hell-bent on getting my eight hours, so if my bedtime moves, so does my wake-up time.

Aiste Gazdar · Co-Founder, Director of Wild Food Cafe

Oh this one is a good one and an absolutely essential part to a successful morning routine.

I do my absolute best to wrap up all work stuff by 8:00pm. Between 8:00pm and 9:00pm I wind down by either reading a book, meditating, or taking a bath. I then spend a few minutes giving thanks for the day and setting an intention for the following day.

Between 9:00pm and 10:00pm I am most likely in bed and asleep. It is important for me to get enough sleep, so I make sure I have at least 6-8 hours before I have to get up. Otherwise, the routine becomes unsustainable. I do find, however, that the earlier I go to bed (say, 9:00pm) the less sleep I need to feel amazing, vital, and rested.

Jessica Dang · Minimalist, Self-Declared Vagabond

I’m usually in bed by 10:00pm.

I like to read for about half an hour, then I set my alarm for the next day and fall asleep straight away. Some hacks I’ve discovered to fall asleep more quickly - use an eye mask, put a shallow pillow under your calves/ankles to align your legs and spine, and buy a comfortable mattress that suits your body and sleeping type. A good night’s sleep is priceless.

Laura Vanderkam · Author, Parent

When the baby was waking up at 3:30am, I went to bed at 10:00pm sharp. When he sleeps longer for a few days in a row, I let myself push that back to 10:30 or 11:00pm.

I’m not really a morning person, and I like having that quiet reading time before bed.

Tammy Strobel · Writer, Photographer

I usually go to sleep between 9 and 10:00pm. I usually crawl into bed around 8:00pm and read.

I love reading before I go to sleep, especially during the fall and winter. During summer, I tend to stay up a little later because it’s so beautiful out in the evenings.

Wade Foster · Co-Founder, CEO of Zapier

I try and be in bed around 10:30pm with lights out around 11.

I definitely slow down if I don’t get a full night’s sleep. I generally try to steer clear of morning meetings because it allows me to sleep later if need be.

Hua Wang · Entrepreneur, Aspiring Cook

I try to go to sleep by 10:30pm. I rarely sacrifice sleep. Despite my efforts to thrive on less sleep, my body seems to need 8-9 hours a night. Without a good night’s sleep, my brain and body move at a slower pace.

Mattan Griffel · CEO of One Month, Forbes’ 30 Under 30

I usually end up in bed around 11:30pm, though the ideal time would be 10:30, and sometimes it’s as late as midnight. I try to get about seven hours of sleep a night, which it turns out is actually the ideal amount for most people. Any less and I can’t really function at full efficiency.

Mike Vardy · Founder of Productivityist

I am a night owl, so my bedtime is usually around 1:00am these days.

I have a specific evening routine I carry out as well so to help me wind down my day and start the next one with a sense of direction; part of my evening routine is writing down My 3 Absolutes for the next day.

Jenny Blake · Author, Yoga Fanatic

I am ridiculous! I live alone, so sometimes I am in bed as early as 8:30pm. If I go out to an event or dinner with friends, I’m usually asleep by 10 or 11:00pm. I look forward to quiet mornings so much, before the rest of the world is awake, that I really prioritize them.

I find that at night I’m usually just watching TV if I stay up late, which is not worth the tradeoff. I far prefer to sleep, followed by feeling alert and rested in the morning during my reading and meditation. Starting off that way improves the whole tone of the day!

Belle Beth Cooper · Writer and Co-Founder of Exist

Exist tells me my average bedtime is 11:28pm. I used to go to sleep later on weekends before I moved in with my partner and co-founder, Josh. He’s a night owl while I’m a morning lark, so I used to line up with him when I stayed at his house on weekends. My weekend bedtime average is a whole hour later still, but I’m bringing it down these days as I have a more consistent bedtime every night.

Elle Luna · Artist, Designer, Writer

As early as I can!

I once heard a study a long time ago that I have no idea where it was done or if it was accurate, but I heard that men’s brains have been shown to be more active in the evening, whereas more women reportedly have higher brain activity in the morning.

Now, I’m not sure if that’s right, but it resonates with my process. I’m lightning fast in the morning and prioritize my toughest tasks for the morning, but after dinner when the sun goes down, my brain just slows down to a stop. It’s exhausting to do much mental heavy lifting after the sun goes down, so I enjoy going to bed early.

Grace Bonney · Founder of Design*Sponge

A perfect night would be 10:30pm lights out, but it’s usually closer to 11 or 11:30pm.

All the pets sleep on my side of the bed, so I typically wake up 3-4 times a night as they readjust and annoy each other. So getting as much sleep as possible is important. You never know when the cat is going to bite you out of nowhere and decide he wants your pillow.

Amber Rae · Writer, Artist

Typically by 2:00am, unless I’m falling asleep with words whispering in my ears. If that’s the case, I’ll grab pen and paper, and roll with it.

Ben Brooks · Tech Writer, iOS Project Manager

I typically hit the bed at about 11:00pm, much past that and I am asking for trouble the next day. Ideally I would make it to bed by 10:30pm, but my wife is a night owl so I try to spend more time with her.

Eli Trier · Illustrator, Writer

Again, it varies.

I have a fantasy I can fall asleep at 10:00pm every night like clockwork and wake up at dawn, but it never works out like that. Depending on what’s going on with my illness and energy levels, it can be anywhere between 9:00pm and 3:00am.

I’m a total night owl and sometimes get hit with a burst of energy at 11:00pm – I’ve learned never to waste energy when it arrives so I try to make the most of it when it’s there!

Chris Baker · Art Dealer, Runs Nutritional Company

I like to turn the lights off by midnight.

I’ve just started using the Sleep Induction Mat by Dave Asprey as well. I was a little sceptical on this, but sliding it underneath me, half an hour before I sleep, I’ve never slept better.

The art of getting up is the art of going to sleep. They work hand in hand. The end of the day is equally as important as the beginning of the day. If you look at the likes of Ernest Hemingway, he would finish halfway through a sentence when he was writing at his best in the evenings, so that his flow and positive state of mind would continue into the next day.

Caroline Leon · Life Coach

Generally, I try to be in bed before 9:00pm, and ideally I’ll be asleep by 9:30pm if I’m to get my eight hours (and I do like my eight hours), but sometimes it slips to as late as 10:00pm (gasp!).

Tessa Miller · Tech and Health Editor, The Daily Beast

Usually around 11:30pm or midnight. If I’m really tired, 9:30 or 10:00pm. I used to be such a night owl – up until 2 or 3:00am every night, but I value sleep now more than ever. I’m usually editing copy pretty late though (writers are a bunch of night owls), so most nights it’s midnight.

Willem Vernooij · Writer, Student

It differs. As a student I have three types of evenings:

  1. I have nothing to do so I go to bed early. On these days my normal routine takes place.
  2. I have to work until late (I work in a bar/restaurant, so I’m not often out of there until 2:00am).
  3. I go out and get drunk; usually returning around 3-6:00am.

Dan Counsell · Parent, Founder of Realmac Software

I try to aim for 11:00pm or earlier, but sometimes I get sucked back into twiddling about on the Mac and I don’t get to bed until gone midnight.

It’s a double-edged sword; while I get a lot done late a night, I always pay for it the next day as I often feel tired and grouchy. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realised how important sleep is. I now know how closely it’s linked to my health, mood, and general focus. Getting enough sleep is the best productivity hack I know.

Andy Hayes · Tea Seller, Creative Web Producer

I’m a night owl, but I try to read for an hour at the end of the day while drinking herbal tea, which gets me ready for bed.

I hit the hay at midnight whenever I can, so I can get eight hours of sleep.

Chase Night · YA Author, Reader

Too late! It drives Alex crazy, and we’re trying to correct it, but I’m such a natural night owl. I hate writing while the sun is still up.

David William · Collects Stories, Projects, and Life Experiences

My partner is a teacher, which means her days are spent wrangling twenty-seven little five year olds.

She is often early to bed, so I usually stay up and read, but I tend to be asleep around midnight. I’m hoping the next chapter of my life breaks back into the excitement, but until then I’ll get a lot of reading in.

Mars Dorian · Online Illustrator, Indie Sci-Fi Author

That ranges from season to season. In summertime, usually around 4 to 5:00am because I can’t work when the sun is shining outside. It’s too bright, noisy and distracting. In wintertime, I go to bed at 12 to 2:00am because I work during the day.

Ani · Lives in New York City

I like getting ready for bed (prepping everything) starting at 8:30pm, and climbing into bed around 9:00pm. I’ll usually start drifting off around 10:00pm.

Abby Stewart · Teacher, Writer, Fun-Raiser

Midnight, maybe a little before.

I usually have a pretty hard time falling asleep, so I take melatonin. Lying in bed is when my brain decides to get ALL the ideas, so I usually keep a notebook close by and am sometimes jotting things down until 1 or 2:00am.

Nova Rella · Early Riser, Lone Wolf

Early to bed, early to rise. I usually hit the hay around ten or eleven at night. I like to read for a bit before falling asleep so it’s usually closer to eleven.

Doug Belshaw · Parent, Non-Profit Web Literacy Lead

I’d like to go to sleep about 9:00pm, but a couple of things stop me doing that.

First, because I’m part of a geographically-distributed team I usually have work to do after I’ve put the kids to bed. Second, I like to watch something on Netflix with my wife before we go to bed. That usually means that 10:00pm is the earliest we’ll be in bed. And then, of course, I like to read.

So, I guess that 10:30-11:00pm is usual for me to go to sleep. Which explains why I’m often tired and need to exercise to keep my energy levels up.

Aoife Clerkin · Social Sector Enthusiast, Charity Engagement Manager

I’m almost always asleep by midnight. I love baths so whenever I have the chance I’ll have a bath before bed. I find that baths really help me to unwind and reflect on my day. I’ve been putting a drop of lavender on my pillow for as long as I can remember and I find it very soothing.

Bethany Dickey · Ambassador, Accounting Student

This varies depending on how good the book I’m reading is. I’m usually in bed around 10:30pm at the latest, and read until about 11:00. Some nights I’m up until 1:00am finishing a book – I just can’t help it.

Natalie Bidnick · Digital Strategist, Story Lover

I’m terrible at going to sleep on time. I typically aim for “before midnight,” but some nights it’s not until 2:00am… or later. Austin is a fun town, and there’s an endless array of activities to do.

Cat Noone · Web Designer, Entrepreneur

That all depends whether or not Ben and I stayed up late to catch up on our shows.

Typically, bed-time is anywhere between 11:30pm and 1:00am at the very latest. Since Dex joined the family, we lean toward the former — otherwise functioning at 6:00am is not a strong option.

Garrick van Buren · Father of Four, Product Strategist

My morning routine actually starts in the evening, with me going to sleep by 10:00pm.

For a long time I fought 10:00pm. Then I started to see how much happier, more refreshed, and productive early mornings are compare to late nights. Mornings are such an amazing reward for going to sleep at a reasonable hour.

Clare Herbert · Irish Freelance Writer

I aim to be in bed by 9 or 10:00pm, but I’m not maniacal about it. My social life is important to me too, so I’ll stay up late with friends and be tired the following day. I’ve never been able to nap, but some afternoons I’ll lie on my bed for an hour to re-boot my tired body.

Marjolein Verbeek · Project Manager, Business IT and Management Student

My evening routine is absolutely essential to the success of my morning routine.

I have an alarm set on my phone that goes off at 10:00pm. I then wrap up my work and shut down all screens, including my phone. I dim the lights and take my sleeping pills (I have had those since I was a little kid, apparently my body doesn’t know how to make melatonin very well). Afterwards I’ll make my lunch for the next day before brushing my teeth. Back in my room I start cleaning up, packing my bag for tomorrow, and laying out the clothes I want to wear. At around 10:45pm I have a clean room and an empty mind, and I’m ready to go to bed.

Because I do this, I feel well rested when I wake up in the morning. I feel the consequences of not following my evening routine immediately, it’s complete chaos. These routines seem inseparable to me. It almost feels like my sleep is part of a daily, twelve hour long routine.

Melissa Fergusson · Parent, Creative director, Actor

I’m generally a really busy, creative person with blogging, dinner, domestics, and work on my projects and studies taking up much of my evening each day after my day job, so sleep time is usually around 11:00pm to midnight daily.

Jered Benoit · Parent, Marathoner, CrossFit Coach

I try my best to get to bed by 9:00pm. If not, I have a really hard time getting up the next day.

The rub is my wife is a night owl, so she wants to stay up. Our lives are super busy, so I want to spend as much time as I can with her, which means there are plenty of days when I am up later than I should be.

Richard Wotton · Newly Qualified Media Studies Teacher

I aim for 10:30pm, but if I am realistic and truthful, it can sometimes stretch to midnight if I have a six period day the following day.

When I first started working in schools, I used to have a nap when coming home, however this kills any working buzz you may have and just leads you to not being able to sleep until much later. For energy levels, six to seven hours doesn’t sound healthy, but it’s better than a broken night sleep of four to five hours, plus an afternoon nap.

Natalie Ainsworth · Student, Morning Exercise Fanatic

I try to be in bed by 8:30-9:00pm so that I get plenty of sleep. I’ll usually do some reading or writing before falling asleep.

My night routine is a domino effect into my morning routine. If I don’t go to sleep early enough, I’ll be too tired to do much in the morning. Then my routine moves later into the day, forcing me to stay up late to complete unfinished tasks. It’s a vicious cycle!

Jane Reggievia Santoso · Writer, Coffee Drinker

I’m usually in bed by 10:00pm, reading books or articles, writing my diary (yes, I am almost twenty-two and still write a diary) and eventually turning off my gadgets.

I’ll normally be asleep by 11:00pm, sometimes midnight.

Caroline O’Shea · Flute Player, Vocalist in Traditional Irish Band

Bedtime depends on whether I have a gig or not. If I have no gigs or commitments, I’ll be in bed around 11:00pm. If I have a gig or am out playing at a session, then I’ll be in bed whenever I get home. Some Irish music festivals have you out until 7 or 8:00am playing and seeing friends, which is incredible but completely wrecks my sleep schedule!

I’ve always been a night owl and love staying out late, but when I do I need to be able to sleep in the next day. I run best on eight hours of sleep and passably on seven. Less than that and it’s game over.

Alicia Sully · Cinematographer, Documentary Photographer, Compact Editor

I can be fine on very little sleep. In fact, there was a time in my life, for a year, when I would be awake for two days and then sleep for twelve hours. I thought it was beneficial to have a longer day, you discover more when you aren’t interrupted by sleep.

Nowadays I don’t usually choose to sleep, I just get tired, and fall asleep whatever I’m doing. That said, when operating machinery it’s good to get at least six hours, so that’s a goal I loosely try to get if I’m shooting.

Emma Milligen · Animator, Art Geek, Vegan

I usually aim for 10:00pm on weekdays, but I am more likely to be in bed ready to hit the hay around 11:00pm.

I am so much more of a morning person than a night owl, it kind of sucks at times. My body thrives on about eight hours of sleep (which I am lucky to get), but will be fine with seven. Anything less, and I plummet before I even eat dinner!

Jared Taylor · Entrepreneur, Triathlete, Foodie

On week nights typically between 10 and 11:00pm. On weekends, generally by midnight depending on what I have going on the next morning, but a few times a month I’m not in bed until two or three ;)

María Ortega García · Spanish Tutor, Frequent Traveler

I am quite a night owl, so I won’t be able to sleep before midnight or 1:00am because that’s generally when I am more active and inspired. Don’t ask my brain for much activity in the morning, but it’s eager to do so from 8-9:00pm onwards.

I am all energy and activity in the evenings, ready to be productive. The ideas and inspiration keep coming even when I have turned off the light. It’s not unusual for me to have to note down some ideas that pop into my head when I am already eyes closed, ready to sleep. Notebook and iPad are always handy in case of the not so unusual awesome idea deciding to manifest itself in the middle of the night.

Julian Summerhayes · Parent, Speaker, Former Lawyer

Getting up early does occasionally come at a price. I find that after a few weeks of intense activity my normal bedtime of 11:00pm to midnight has to be supplemented with a few early nights or at lie until say, 7:00am. If not then I tend to feel like I’m sleepwalking.

Lauren McCabe · Writer, Mermaid

Ideally, I’m in bed by 9:00pm reading a magazine or book, and asleep by 10:00pm. I rarely ever stay up past eleven, a difficult feat in New Orleans, a city where the fun doesn’t begin until the late hours. But I persist!

Krista Goral · IT Consultant, Writer

It varies. I go to bed when I’m tired, which can be as early as 9:30pm or as late as 11:00pm. Suffice it to say, I’m not the life of the party on a Friday night.

Paul Farmiga · Marketer, CrossFit Enthusiast

These days, I like to be in bed as close to 10:00pm as possible, as my body requires the rest and ability to recover from the physical challenges it faces with CrossFit, while my mind requires the mental recuperation.

With that being said, I have zero issues staying up until 4-5:00am if the situation calls for it. Mind over matter, and I don’t mind. I sleep like a baby, and dream regularly, so why wouldn’t I try to get to that awesome land of nod sooner for my evening adventures to begin?

Richard Boehmcke · Writer, Stage Director

I try to turn the computer off at 10:00pm and the lights off at 11:00pm.

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in a project I will just go until I run out of steam. I don’t agree with Stephen King (though I do love him) that you should always stop with a little gas left in the tank. If I’m working on something, especially something creative, I try to completely purge before going to sleep because I feel like it won’t be there when I wake up otherwise.

Tenikca Gainey · Vegetarian Naturalista, Writer

On a great night, I am asleep no later than 10:00pm. 11:00pm is late for me, and if I continue going to bed that late it soon catches up with me.

Thursday nights keep up me up past my bedtime (thanks to Scandal and Greys) so I really try to hit the sack early every other night.

Sarah Kathleen Peck · Writer, Designer, Long-Distance Swimmer

This is a rhythm, too.

Probably twice a week I stay up late – until midnight or even 1:00am – because I find my stride after work hours and get lost in a writing piece that I’m working on. This happens to me a lot on Friday nights. I don’t usually go out that much (or at least I try not to), and in my college years I developed the habit of “Fridays in, Saturdays out” because we always had 8:00am practice on Saturday morning.

I love the idea that Friday has an extra five hours of time that you can create if you want to use it. Get home from work at 6:00pm, eat a slow dinner or do some stretching, and then work on your favorite project for a few hours. The trick is to make sure that it’s something you really love and want to do, not have to do.

Sam Spurlin · Writer, Ph.D Student

If everything goes according to plan I’m in bed between 10 and 10:30pm. I’d say that happens about 25% of the time. The rest of the time I’d say I’m in bed by 11 or 11:30pm.

Every once in awhile I’ll have a late night. I try to make those the exception instead of the norm so when I do it it feels special and I make sure I’m ultra-productive.

Colin Wright · Author, Entrepreneur, Full-Time Traveler

It really depends on where I’m living, and the day you ask me.

In Argentina, people don’t eat dinner until 10-11:00pm, so I stayed up later. In Columbia, Missouri, everything closes at 1:30am, so I tend to call it a night much earlier. In a vacuum, though, I usually hit the hay around midnight or 1:00am.

Theodora Sutcliffe · Parent, Nomad, Freelance Writer

That varies widely, but it’s rarely before midnight and rarely after 3:00am, unless I’m having an unusually large night out. One of the things I do for living is review bars, and that can make for a very late night.

I’m also on Asia time and most of the people I work with are in the US or the UK, not to mention the audience for my blog, so it helps to be up late. Or very early, I guess, but I’m not a morning person.

Amit Sonawane · Reader, Writer, Devout Tea Drinker

Again, just like waking up, I let my body decide when it is tired. I am usually in bed by 11:00pm on most weeknights. On weekends that might differ. The idea is to get the body tired enough to deserve that rest. So I make my mind and body earn their sleep.

Will Peach · Writer, Frequent Traveler

Between 2-3:00am most nights. I tend to work a few solid hours in the morning when possible, reserving the afternoons for other non-work related pursuits, and then work some productivity into the late evening.

Going to sleep late and rising early seems to be the trend, normally with a half hour bout of shut eye in the middle of the day when I can.

Kashyapi · Meditation and Zen Teacher

Typically between 9 and 10:00pm. Sometimes far later. But I will get up at the same time, even if I go to bed late. Some days I need little sleep, and will get up at 3:00am or sooner.

I always read a Dharma text before I sleep.

Ian Hicken · British Expat in Asturias, Spain

I’m not a night owl these days but that’s because I work physically harder than I ever have done.

We have a large plot and grow most of our own fruit and vegetables and lead a simpler life but there is a load to do on a daily basis so bedtime tends to be around 11.30pm. Sleep comes sometime after depending on what’s on my mind; the price you pay for having a creative mind. If we have friends over or staying then bedtime tends to be much later.

Shawn Mihalik · Author, Rock Climber

This depends on what I’m doing. If I’m home alone, I’ll usually go to bed around 10:00pm, but if I’m with friends, I don’t mind staying up until after midnight as long as I’m having a good time. This is why, while my wakeup time is always early, it varies.