What The Time You Go To Sleep Reveals About Who You Are

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

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Science has shown that those of us who follow fairly routine daily and nightly plans are some of the most productive and successful people out there.

They wake up around the same time every day, eat breakfast, do their thing, and maintain a healthy sleep cycle by heading to bed at a regular time each night.

For some, establishing habitual patterns feels like the most boring minutiae possible, but the truth of the matter is that taking a closer look at how we tend to spend our waking and sleeping hours can reveal serious insights into our personality, as well as the way we relate to the world and others.


Believe it or not, hidden within the seemingly bland details of your nighttime routine are vast secrets about the real you, including some you probably thought no one had ever noticed before.

The key to cracking this code is breaking down your daily routine and looking for the things you do consistently each and every day.

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Your preferred bedtime is one of the most compelling guides to fully understanding who you are. It might sound kooky, but the time at which you prefer to go to sleep each night doesn't only reveal that you're a creature of habit — it's a part of what makes you, you.

And depending on when you hit the hay, you'll discover something unique about yourself in the process.

Here's what the time you usually go to sleep says about your personality and character traits.

If you typically go to sleep between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Going to bed early when you have to get up early makes a lot of sense, but going to bed between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. every night of the week — even when you don't have early morning plans — is about much more than logic.

If you regularly fall asleep during this time range, chances are that you are a cautious person who craves routine and order.


Sure, you love to have fun, but you prioritize your health and your schedule above just about everything else. To some, this might seem a rigid choice to make, but for you, it just works.

Just remember that while there's an old saying that "nothing good happens after midnight," plenty of great stuff does happens between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Don't let your intractable nature keep for you from experiencing new and exciting things in life.

If you typically go to sleep between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m.

There's no shame in going to bed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. Heck, there is no shame in going to bed whenever you choose to rest your weary head.

However, if you do go to sleep during this time, it does reveal something pretty intriguing about your personality.


People who fall asleep in this time range are considered to be smart and reliably hard workers, but they also have quite the rebellious streak peeking out from within.

These are people who know that sticking to a routine is the responsible thing to do, but they can't help themselves from feeling the need to push the envelope just slightly, especially if they're concerned they might be missing out on something fun!

While these folks are to be praised for their good intentions, sometimes they do need a solid kick in the pants in order to help them along in successfully accomplishing their goals.

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If you usually go to sleep between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Plenty of people consider themselves to be night owls who truly thrive during the darker hours.

For this crew, climbing aboard the sleepy time between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. is simply par for the course. They are creative thinkers of the world — and they are also the worry warts.

Sure, they may stay up a tiny bit late because they were involved in yet another whirlwind of social activity, but those hours stretch even farther than they intended because their spirits are full of the restless energy that comes from a mind trying to sort out the whimsies that come from their wandering heart.

People who stay up this late are born searchers, and happiness isn't always easily found. However, if they manage to get the right amount of sleep overall, they can maintain the balance and stability they so desperately crave in life.


If you usually go to sleep between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Sure, every so often you might stay up all night for travel or a particularly late special event, but most people don't find themselves going to bed between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on a regular basis.

People who do make this their go-to bedtime are free spirits who simply refuse to abide by conventional rules. They are likely to be self-employed, as they refuse to kowtow to anyone under any circumstances.

People who go to bed this late are rebellious, fiery, and quick-tempered. They see caving into what the status quo demands of them as the greatest possible weakness, which means they sometimes miss out on what could be promising personal and professional opportunities.


I'd tell them to be mindful of this, but no matter what I'd say, they absolutely couldn't care less.

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Rebecca Jane Stokes is a freelance writer and the former Senior Editor of Pop Culture at Newsweek with a passion for lifestyle, geek news, and true crime.