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What time do you try to go to bed and what time do you wake up, generally?

Asked by jca (28193 points ) June 24th, 2012

On a night when you have to go to work the next day (if you work), what time do you try to get to bed by and what time do you wake up for work?

If you don’t work, or when you’re off work, say on vacation or on the weekend, what time do you go to bed and what time do you wake up?

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athenasgriffin's avatar

My goal time for bed on weekdays is 11:30 and wake up time is 7:00. Usually it ends up being midnight or later and 8, but. . . what can you do? This changes based on what time I have class, though. For the past two months it has been 9:20.

Weekends I don’t even bother with a limit. I’m never asleep before 2, and I rarely wake up before noon.

Mariah's avatar

For school I generally wake up at 7:30 if my first class is at 9 or later. I like to have plenty of time in the morning so I don’t feel rushed and can read during breakfast.

It’s tempting to sleep in if I have all afternoon classes, but that would mean I’d have to stay up later to have an equivalent amount of awake time to get work done, and I hate doing work at night, I end up dreaming math which is the most restless sleep imaginable. Plus, the dining hall stops serving breakfast before 10. So I discipline myself to get up early anyway.

On weekends during the school year if I don’t have a lot of work I need to do, I usually let myself sleep in really late on Saturday morning, because gosh darn it, I earned it.

When I’m out of school my sleep schedule goes to hell, haha. This morning I slept in till 11 (that’s exceptionally late for me, but still). I’m gonna try to make myself go to bed at midnight so I can start trying to fix the disaster that is my sleep schedule.

Except under extreme circumstances when I’m piled up with work, I always go to bed at least 8 hours before I have to be up. Don’t like to deprive my body of anything it wants.

bewailknot's avatar

Work nights I go to bed between 11 and midnight, I get up at 6:30 a.m. because I have to be at work by 8 and my job is across town (fortunately a relatively small town). Weekends I go to bed about 1 a.m. and get up between 7:30 and 8.

geeky_mama's avatar

School year – we put the younger kids to bed at 9:10 ~ 9:30, I try to be in bed asleep by no later than 10:30pm. I’m up around 7am unless I’m traveling..and then who knows. Could be MUCH earlier.

Summer time..we end up having a much later bedtime..the kids are up later and the days are longer..so usually bedtime is more like 11 and I’m up between 7 and 8am.

filmfann's avatar

I try to be in bed by 9:30, and up by 5 every day.

King_Pariah's avatar

Try to fall asleep as late as possible and still be able to get up around 6:30–7:00, though I sometimes instinctively awaken at around 4:45

jrpowell's avatar

I don’t have a schedule. I work when I am awake. Today I woke up 4am since I was hungry and wanted a burrito. On Tuesday I could wake up at 3pm. I have enough padding that I simply sleep when I get tired and wake up when my body is ready.

digitalimpression's avatar

Midnight, 5am.

Brian1946's avatar

I don’t have a consistent schedule, but lately I’ve been going to bed at about 6 AM and getting up at 1–2 PM.

lifeflame's avatar

I would like a 10pm bedtime, but if I have rehearsals/social gatherings/concerts then that goes out of the window.
I wake up naturally around 4–5am.

jerv's avatar

Inconsistent because sometimes my wife works nights and sometimes not, and sometimes I have to be in early, sometimes not.

Generally, I don’t get to bed until at least 2300, usually closer to 0030, and am often up by 0545 on a normal day, or about 0500 otherwise, depending on when I need to be at work. As for weekends, I have to drive the wife to work most weekends, though that may be 0830 or 1430. I may get to sleep in, I may not.

tups's avatar

On school nights I should be going to bed at 10 pm, but it’s usually 11 pm or midnight before I’m in bed and I try to get up at 6 am.
Weekends and vacations are messed up. I don’t go to bed before 2 am at least, sometimes 3, sometimes 4. Last week I was out and didn’t go to bed before 07.30 am. I try to get up before noon, but I’m not always succesful.

jordym84's avatar

I always try to get at least 8 hours of sleep, so the time I go to bed mostly depends on what time I have to be up and partially on how tired I feel.

augustlan's avatar

Since my work schedule is pretty flexible, I let my body decide when to sleep and when to wake up, barring any time-sensitive activities I have scheduled. On a regular day, I usually go to sleep between 6 and 8 AM, and wake up between 2 and 5 PM. If I have to be up earlier during the following day, I still go to bed around the same time, and just wake up hours early. I almost always take a nap later in the day in those instances. When I’m having a pain flare-up, I sleep for 12 to 16 hours, and my schedule gets all messed up.

DigitalBlue's avatar

I don’t have anything remotely resembling a sleep schedule. I sleep when I can, and I wake up when I’m ready. Sometimes that means sleeping from 1am to 3am, and sometimes that means sleeping from noon until 8pm. My sleep is a wreck and always has been.

jca's avatar

On a work night, I try to go to sleep by midnight and may wake up around 6 or 7 (unless something else wakes me up earlier, like the cats or the child, in which case, if it’s around 4 or later, that may be it for me).

When I’m on vacation or on a weekend, I may go to sleep around 1 and sleep till 8 or so. I was never a late sleeper. I think I’m sensitive to the daylight and it’s the light that wakes me up.

Sometimes if my daughter is not here, I’ll fall asleep watching TV, with the lights on. When I wake up to go to the bathroom and shut everything off, I sometimes have trouble falling back asleep, in which case I may be up till 4 or 5 and then falling back asleep when I should be waking up, and getting all screwed up, timewise.

I don’t use an alarm clock, my internal clock wakes me up. The daylight helps.

ccrow's avatar

I get up at 6 or 6:30 AM. Bed… variable, but I don’t feel ‘done’ with less than 7 hours of sleep so I try to get to bed by 11.

prasad's avatar

I like to get up early, start early and finish early! I usually wake up by 5.30 or 6 am. I go to bed at around 10.30 pm.

According to Ayurveda, we should get up at least one and half hours before sun rise, and we should not stay up more than four hours after sun set. That way we can benefit and stay healthy. But then, in India, sun rise occurs at around 6 am and sun set at 6 pm all year round. It varies maximum to 7 in place of 6, so we have around 12 hours day year round. I don’t know much about your place.

laurenkem's avatar

Well, I work from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. EST, so I generally do not get to sleep until around 2:00 a.m. For some reason, I still can not sleep past 9:00 a.m. (it’s like my internal alarm won’t let me!). So I’m surviving on around 7 hours of sleep per night, which is actually pretty good considering that I know people who routinely make do with much less than that!

jca's avatar

In a perfect world, I would be in bed on a work night by 11 and up at 6. Almost never happens.

Leanne1986's avatar

I usually go to bed between 10.30 and 11.30pm and I, pretty much always, wake up around 7.30am.

flutherother's avatar

@prasad It is light by 4:00am here and it stays light until 11:00pm at this time of year. I aim to get to bed by 11:00pm but it is usually nearer midnight. I always read a page or two of my book before going to sleep and I usually get up between 7:00 and 8:00am.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I try to shut everything down and be in quiet darkness by Midnight. Our dog wakes up each morning between 5–6am after which it’s tough to fall back asleep.

AngryWhiteMale's avatar

I try to be in bed by 11 pm at the latest on weeknights, and I’m usually up around 6 or 6:30 am in the morning, depending on how well I did at getting to bed the night before. Weekends it depends on what’s going on, but I rarely, if ever, sleep in past 7:30 am these days.

prasad's avatar

@flutherother That’s what I doubted. I guess you can continue your routine from the previous season then. For me, it’s finish early (and probably enjoy later) part that motivates me to start early and consequently get up early!

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