Does What Time I Sleep Matter If I’m Still Getting Eight Hours Of Sleep?
Not if you’re consistent. If you always turn in at 2:00 A.M. and rise at 10:00 A.M., you’re good. Or 8:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M., also good. But if your bedtimes and wake-up times vary wildly, you may be setting yourself up for sleep problems, says Rodney Radtke, M.D., a neurologist specializing in sleep medicine at Duke Health. That’s because irregular sleep patterns can mess with your body clock over time, making it harder to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up when you want to. Late night? Be sure to get up at your usual time, says Dr. Radtke: “That sets your clock.”