Is the best sleep really the one before midnight?

“Sleep before midnight is the best!” is a widespread view. Sleep researchers share this only to a limited extent. Even if you don’t rest before midnight, you don’t have to worry about getting a good night’s sleep. The important thing is not the time, but the quality of sleep.

Deepest sleep in the REM phase

According to the current state of sleep research, sleep is deepest and most intense in the first two hours, in the first REM phase (rapid eye movement), and therefore has the most relaxing effect. If these two hours are before midnight, sleep is actually at its healthiest. On the other hand, those who only fall asleep at midnight experience healthy sleep later than the larks, who turn off the light earlier.


The first half of the night’s sleep is probably the most important for the feeling of relaxation in the morning, because that’s when you have a particularly large amount of deep sleep. It doesn’t matter whether this first half is before or after midnight.

By the way, did you know…

  • We change positions 20 to 60 times during sleep.
  • Even good sleepers wake up at night. About 30 times. These brief periods of wakefulness do not detract from the recreational value of sleep.
  • According to a study, Germans sleep an average of 7 hours and 8 minutes. The alarm clock usually rings at 6:23 a.m
  • 14 percent of Germans take an afternoon nap.
  • 29 percent of women and 18 percent of men in Germany suffer from  sleep disorders . One in ten has a sleep disorder that requires treatment.


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