Should people keep sticking to a bedtime well into their adult years? This annoying rule from childhood might benefit grown-ups as well. In fact, going to bed at certain times can affect your health in some surprising ways. You might find a reason to become an early bird after all.
Really, it's difficult to overstate the importance of sleep. "Sleep affects almost every tissue in our bodies," said Dr. Michael Twery, a sleep expert at NIH. "It affects growth and stress hormones, our immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health." For most people, getting adequate sleep at night is all matter of going to bed early enough. Assuming that the average American wakes up by 6:30 a.m. each weekday, as explained in Edison Research, going to bed as early as 9:00 p.m. could benefit your health in some serious ways.
That said, not everyone can simply will themselves to become early risers overnight. Plenty of people are born night owls who feel more awake in the evenings, whereas others struggle with chronic insomnia. Plus, shift workers are obligated to keep on trucking while the rest of the world snoozes away. Like so many other aspects of your health, sleep schedules depend on the individual. So if you have any specific concerns about your sleep habits and overall health, then speak with your doctor for more personalized recommendations. Otherwise, read on to learn about the general ways bedtimes may affect the rest of your life.