Is Going to Bed at 8pm Too Early? How Early is Too Early?

Is Going to Bed at 8pm Too Early? How Early is Too Early?

Since the average bedtime is 11:30pm, you might feel out of place and be wondering, “is going to bed at 8pm too early?”. Before feeling too out of place, consider this: The average person isn’t getting enough sleep, so going to bed at 11:30pm is too late.

If you’re a dedicated early riser like I am (or want to become an early riser) then going to bed at 8pm is completely healthy and normal.  Going to bed at 8pm gives you plenty of time to relax and fall asleep.

For example, let’s say you wake up at 5am. If you start winding down for bed at 8pm and fall asleep somtime between 8 and 9pm, that gives you the proper 8 to 8.5 hours of sleep that your body needs to rest and regenerate itself.

Long story short: An 8am bedtime is totally fine. Don’t worry. 🙂

Let’s also consider a few other related questions you might have about 8pm bedtimes:

why am i so tired by 8pm

Why Am I So Tired By 8pm?

If you’re an early riser who gets up extremely early at 4am, for example, then it’s completely normal to be ready for bed by 8pm. If you get up at 4am, you should be hitting the hay no later than 8pm anyway!

OK, so, what if you wake up at a later time like 8am yet you’re exhausted every evening by 8pm or earlier? You might have advanced sleep phase disorder (ASPD), or but it’s not as bad as it sounds. In fact, this is easier to cope with than the more common delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD).

Speak with your doctor, of course, but I also recommend using your potential ASPD to your advantage.


adrenal fatigue causes early 8pm bedtime

Is Adrenal Fatigue the Early Bedtime Culprit?

It might seem far-fetched, but if your desire to go to bed at 8pm doesn’t seem to have a logical cause, you should consider whether you have adrenal fatigue. The blog I linked you to here from Dr. Berg explains what adrenal fatigue is and will offer some further guidance. His YouTube videos on the subject are extremely helpful as well.

Lately, I’ve been taking this Super Cortisol supplement and I feel noticeably less fatigued. One of my friends started taking the same supplement on the exact same day I did (we went shopping together) and we’re both feeling better. We paid a few dollars more at the brick and mortar vitamin shop, but the exact same thing is a good deal on Amazon so that’s where I’ve been restocking from.


Make the Best of an 8pm Bedtime by Utilizing Your Mornings to the Fullest Extent!

Regardless of whether you have ASPD, adrenal fatigue, or just get tired by 8pm because you wake up extremely early, utilize the early morning hours to get your best work done or to do your favorite activities. Enjoy your mornings to the fullest and guiltlessly go to bed early (like at 8pm, for example) when it’s easiest for you to fall asleep fast.


appreciate early bedtime embrace waking up early

How to Appreciate an Early Bedtime & Embrace Waking Up Early

Never underestimate the power and good fortune of being able to sleep fast and wake up refreshed. I speak from experience when I say that it is highly frustrating to have insomnia and spend 3+ hours every night trying to fall asleep.

Also, keep in mind that waking up at 4, 5, or even 6am is something that night owls and people with DSPD have a hard time with…

Many people who suffer from DSPD spend decades desperately trying to learn how to wake up early because they know an early rising habit is what they need to take their careers and lives to the next level. Many of them give up and never find the time to accomplish their goals because they just can’t get up early.

You, my friend, can get up early with little-to-no effort. Celebrate that you can go to bed at 8pm and make the most of your day regardless of when you go to sleep!


is it good to go to bed early

Is It Good to Go to Bed Early?

Yes, I wholeheartedly believe it is good to go to bed early so that you can more easily get a handle on the next day.

Just make sure you are also getting up early to compensate for the earlier bedtime.

Morning is when most of us have the most energy (unless we have adrenal fatigue or some other health issue), and going to bed early only helps us add to that energy.


how early is too early to go to bed

How Early is Too Early to Go to Bed?

This one depends on how early you wake up. Generally, you need 8 hours of sleep, so count backwards from the time you wake up to determine the earliest you should be going to bed.

If you’re an adult and you’re going to bed at 8pm or earlier in order to get more than 8 hours (9 hours, tops!) of sleep, you might want to rethink your bedtime.

Healthy adults should not need more than 9 hours of sleep per night. If you seriously can’t function on 8 or 9 hours of sleep, then you will want to visit your doctor and determine the underlying cause.

Many conditions like anxiety and depression can sometimes have root causes that stem from adrenal fatigue or simple nutritional deficiencies. By fixing your nutritional issues, it’s very common to also fix any energy or behavioral issues.

These days, the most common nutritional deficiencies in the Western world tend to be B vitamins (especially B12), iodine, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Being deficient in one or more of these nutrients can most definitely cause sleep and fatigue issues.

I go into more detail about nutritional deficiencies in this blog post about insomnia and how to sleep fast. Trust me, it’s all related!


does going to bed early help acne

Does Going to Bed Early Help Acne?

My hypothesis is that waking up early is good for the skin, which in turn, means that going to bed early helps, too!

I used to have severe acne when I was in my teens and 20s. I took not one, but two rounds of Accutane. Even after the second round, I still had some acne, but it was manageable.

What I remember about those two acne-filled decades in my life is that I was going to bed and getting up way too late. I was regularly going to bed past 2am.

I truly believe going to bed early helps heal acne, for a couple of reasons:

1.) During the hours of 11pm to 2am, the body goes into hyper-regeneration mode. The body knows it’s nighttime and tries to use the time wisely, but it can only do so if you are actually asleep! If you go to bed early, you won’t miss this golden window.

2.) Going to bed early ensures that you get a full night of sleep, further allowing your skin and body as a whole to rest and manage cortisol (stress) hormone levels. Stress is no good for anything, and the skin is no exception.

After starting my practice of getting up early in my 30s, I’ve noticed my acne problems have vanished. It could be a coincidence and a part of getting older, but somehow I think not…

Another benefit of waking up early regarding my skin is that I’ve been more mindful of exfoliating and otherwise taking care of my skin. I always kick off my morning routine by immediately marching myself into the bathroom and to splash my face with cold water and exfoliate with an apricot scrub and warm water.


The Bottom Line About Going to Sleep at 8pm

So, to wrap this up, is going to bed at 8pm too early? For most people, no! Remember that there’s nothing wrong with being ready to go to sleep by 8pm as long as you’re getting the recommended amount of sleep, have decent energy levels throughout the earlier parts of the day, and are still fulfilling your duties and obligations.

As the Benjamin Franklin quote goes:

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Benjamin Franklin
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
I'm the owner of WhyGetUpEarly.com and an enthusiastic early riser. Let's discuss why that is... and maybe I can make you a believer in magical mornings as well!

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