Sleeping too much, sleeping too little, falling asleep with the TV on, sticking a foot out from under the covers…there have been so many recent revelations on how to get the perfect night’s rest. The latest study, however, is as exact as one can get — when it comes to picking the perfect bedtime.
If you go to sleep around 11:00 p.m. or midnight, neither of those are the right time. Nor is 10:30. And if you go to bed at 10:36 or 10:38, that’s not ideal either. But right in the middle, 10:37, that’s money.
A recent study was conducted by George Home in the U.K., which polled 1,000 people on their sleeping habits and bedtime rituals during the winter months, and found 10:37 to be the winning time. While 10:37 is awfully precise, the study also found some other specifics you might want to make a note of.
First, your pillows. Despite our handy-dandy quiz, the study found that two goose feather pillows are best under a 13.5 tog duvet (which translates to super-toasty, winter-weighted bedding). And last but not least, you need to be wearing cotton pajamas. No flannel nightgowns or sexy lingerie if you want some decent shuteye. Don’t you feel cozier already?
The experiment found that people get less sleep in the winter months than they do in the summer, with participants sleeping an average of 40 fewer minutes per night. Maybe their duvets weren’t warm enough? Whatever the case, why not try to shut everything down and turn off the lights at 10:37 tonight? You’ve got nothing to lose — except maybe some stress.