It can be hard to get to bed at the same time every night, but some new research suggests some big benefits for getting into a regular sleep pattern.
“Our results indicate that going to sleep and waking up at approximately the same time is as important as the number of hours one sleeps,” the study says.
“Sleep regularity is a potentially important and modifiable factor independent from sleep duration,”
“We found that the body clock was shifted nearly three hours later in students with irregular schedules as compared to those who slept at more consistent times each night.”
They also found that those who went to bed at the same time every night were more likely to get straight up in the morning (rather than snoozing) and fall asleep faster at night.
In the general, the study concluded that regular sleeping patterns resulted in better grades for students and better results at work for adults.