We Asked 29 Celebrities to Share Their Ideal Bedtime, and This Was the Most Popular Answer

updated May 26, 2020
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Have you ever promised yourself you’d to go to bed early only to be wide awake at 2 a.m. after binge-watching “Schitt’s Creek” (even though you said just one episode)? Or the opposite: you wanted to stay awake and finally watch “Parasite,” but you passed out after five minutes and another weekend goes by that you don’t witness the brilliant set decorations everyone’s talking about.

Alright, so not all scenarios involve TV, but the point is this: ideal bedtimes tend to differ from reality. However, that doesn’t mean goals don’t still exist, and celebrities had plenty to say about their own—regardless of whether or not it actually happens.

As part of our Perfect Night In series, we ask celebrities what their ideal “hit the hay” time is, for one reason or another. After looking through our past interviews and analyzing the results, we couldn’t help but notice that one desired bedtime outshined the rest: around 10 p.m.

 “If I go to bed at 10 p.m. (which rarely even happens these days) and I get eight hours, that’s my ideal bedtime,” Tia Mowry said during her interview. Olivia Wilde separately agreed, saying “10 p.m. It never happens.” Malin Akerman, Danielle Brooks, and Marie Kondo were among the others who mentioned that 10 p.m. was the Goldilocks of bedtimes.

One can dream, right? And while there are plenty of habits out there to increase the chances of you actually going to bed on time, there are guidelines based on age that can give you a sense of how much sleep you should really be getting to mold the right bedtime for you.

We looked at all the Perfect Night In Q&As and pulled some of the best responses. Maybe you have a celebrity bedtime twin.

Darren Criss, none (90-minute increments of sleep)

“There’s no ideal sleep time. For me, I will only go to sleep in increments of 90 minutes. I’d rather have an hour and half of sleep than two, or two and a half. So it’s an hour and a half, three hours, four and a half, six, or seven and a half. And if you’re really, really lucky and had a crazy night, nine.”

Drew Barrymore, 7 p.m. – 8p.m.

“I go to sleep between 7 and 8 with my girls every night. If I have a dinner, they’re like, ’What, you have a dinner?!‘And I feel horrible and I’m like ‘Yes, but I’ll be right back,’ and then I’ll leap into bed with them.”

Thom Filicia, 12 a.m. – 12:30 am

“I feel the best between 12 and 12:30. If I’m at home watching television, I give myself until midnight, just like it’s a school night. Then I’ll turn the television off and I’ll give myself 30 to 45 minutes to wind down.”

David Burtka, 10 p.m. or 12 a.m.

“Since I wake up with the kids every morning to take them to school, I like to get to bed by 10. But if it’s a night in and we know it’s a weekend, I would say 12 o’clock.”

Molly Bernard, 12 a.m.

“Probably midnight. I want to get some good TV in, some cuddles.”

Taraji P. Henson, whenever (as long as six hours of sleep is involved)

“If I’m dead tired I’ll pass out, but if I’m up busy and have a lot to do I make sure to give myself at least 6 hours.”

Keke Palmer, 12 a.m. or earlier

“At the latest, 12 a.m. I don’t play around, I gotta get up too early.”

Busy Philipps, 7:30 p.m.

“As early as possible, that is my ideal bedtime. Is 7:30 p.m. too early?”