“Nothing good happens to me after 9 p.m. I go to bed early, so I feel much more refreshed in the morning.”
An increasing number of young Americans are going to bed around 9 p.m. instead of drinking and having fun until late at night.
In response to this trend, on December 31 last year, a restaurant in New York held a New Year's countdown at 8 p.m. to allow customers to return home before 11 p.m.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported an article titled 'The most preferred bedtime for people in their 20s is 9 p.m.' and said that young people in the United States are reducing their activity time at night and choosing to go to bed early.
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According to a survey of 2 million customers by American bed manufacturer Sleep Number, American customers aged 18 to 34 went to bed at 10:06 pm on average last month.
This is 12 minutes earlier than 10:18 p.m. in January last year.
At the same time, sleep time also increased.
According to a survey by Rent Cafe, a U.S. real estate information provider, the average sleep time for people in their 20s in the U.S. in 2022 was 9 hours and 28 minutes, an increase from 8 hours and 47 minutes in 2010.
Emma Kraft, 19, a student at the University of California, said in an interview with WSJ, "Nothing good happens after 9 p.m. I try to fall asleep before 9:30 p.m. every night, and I feel much refreshed now that I'm used to going to bed early." “he said.
And Madeline Sugg, 25, a financial operations analyst, confessed that after getting into the habit of going to bed at 9 p.m., she was relieved of stress and anxiety.
He said, “Instead of going to bars until late at night, I watch a show and drink at 6pm so I can go to bed at 9pm.”
Along with these changes, business is also changing.
According to Yelp, an American restaurant reservation site, reservations between 4 and 6 p.m. have increased from 19% in 2017 to 31%, while the rate of reservations after 6 p.m. has reportedly decreased.
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However, some say that this change is excessive.
“I think people have become a little hypersensitive to sleep,” said John Winkleman, a sleep disorders specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, who said there is no inherent benefit to going to bed early.
However, he said, "It is recommended to have a consistent bedtime and sleep 7 to 9 hours a day."