The Perfect Bedtime To Get A Good Night's Sleep Is Way More Specific Than You Think, Study Shows
If you still haven't found the key to a good night's sleep, don't worry — science may have just done it for you. A recent study in the U.K. has found the ideal right bedtime for individuals to get just the right amount of perfect sleep, and it's very specific. What is the perfect bedtime, you ask? To get the most of your snooze time, you should be prepared to get to bed by 10:37 p.m. on the dot.
That's right. Not 10:35 or 10:40, but 10:37 p.m. The study, conducted by George Home, polled 1,000 people on their sleeping habits and bedtime rituals during the darker winter months. They found that this precise time is the best for individuals to get the most out of their sleep.
But that's not the only measure you should take to enhance your sleep quality. Per the study, you should also use two goose feather pillows, don a pair of cotton pajamas, and — perhaps the most highly specific requirement yet — a 13.5 tog duvet. OK, cotton pj's and soft pillows, I understand. But what the heck is a tog duvet?
Togs are apparently a thermal measurement used to help people to figure how warm a duvet will keep at night. The suggested 13.5 is on the warmer side of the spectrum, which only makes sense, given that the study also found that people get less sleep during the winter months, due to the cold. The heavier duvet will help keep you snuggly and fast asleep during the chillier weather.
I'm big on getting a good night's sleep, so comfy pillows, a warm comforter, and a relatively early bedtime all sound heavenly to me. Still, I'm not sure how realistic it is for people to get to bed at 10:37 p.m. Not just because it's so oddly specific (would you have to set an alarm to go to bed?), but also because it'll interfere with some of our favorite TV shows. I don't know about you, but I am definitely not willing to give up the last 23 minutes of How to Get Away with Murder on Thursdays…even for the perfect night's rest!
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