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Ask Ted 84: The Ideal Time To Go To Sleep And Why Some People Need Less Sleep Than Others

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Ask Ted 84: The Ideal Time To Go To Sleep And Why Some People Need Less Sleep Than Others

Ask Ted Question:

“Hello Ted, I just heard the podcast where you interview Dr. Parsley. It is super interesting what he had to say about sleeping. One question: at what time should I go to bed? This was not mentioned and I was curious. I thought it was ideal to sleep at night time. For example, go to bed at 9:30pm and then wake up at 5:30am or go to bed at 10:30pm then wake up at 6:30am as opposed to going to bed at 4:00am then waking up at 12:00pm. Does the time matter or is it ok as long as I get 8 hours of sleep, it doesn’t matter when exactly? What would you say is the ideal timing? 

Thanks a lot,


In this episode of Ask Ted, I answer Isabel’s question and delve deeper into understanding sleep so we can make better decisions about how to improve our sleep architecture (i.e. sleep quality).


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What sleep cycles are and why it matters to what time to sleep
  • The difference between non-REM and REM sleep
  • Diurnal versus nocturnal
  • What circadian rhythms are and how they affect sleep
  • Why some people can get away with less sleep than others
  • What the ideal time to sleep is
  • Why self-experimentation with sleep is the best way to optimize it



TIME: The Ideal Time To Go To Sleep

Shorter Sleep Genes

Interview With Tara Swart


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Ted Ryce is a high-performance coach, celebrity trainer, and a longevity evangelist. A leading fitness professional for over 24 years in the Miami Beach area, who has worked with celebrities like Sir Richard Branson, Rick Martin, Robert Downey, Jr., and hundreads of CEOs of multimillion-dollar companies. In addition to his fitness career, Ryce is the host of the top-rated podcast called Legendary Life, which helps men and women reclaim their health, and create the body and life they deserve.

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