I know at least one friend is going to smile when she sees this topic.ย Her dad coined the term “HBT” or Horizontal By Ten. I know you all know this but I think it’s something we all need to be reminded of…including me. As Lance watches me doing circles around the bedroom (so patient, my man), he often wonders, “will she ever get in bed?!”

I can’t tell you what exactly I am doing but I often find myself diddle dallying and suddenly it’s 10:45 and I am annoyed at myself. It’s a constant balance for me and when I do succeed at getting HBT I feel so much better the next day because it is actually a fact, that almost ALL humans get a second wind after 10:30 at night. I’ve heard people say, “I just get so much energy at night.” Actually you are not alone. If you are staying up past 10:30, that’s pretty normal and makes it a lot harder to wind down. Also, research shows the sleep you get before midnight is actually your most restful sleep of the night. A night owl’s sleep is much less rejuvenating.

Instead of listing all the benefits of sleep, I wanted to tell you a story that I found particularly fascinating. A friend of mine has been dealing with arthritis for years and years. She has kept her head high but all of us have seen the inflammation and knew the pain she was in. She tried it all from western to eastern but relief wasn’t coming easily. The other day, we were talking about the importance of getting in bed early. This friend is a self proclaimed night owl. She said for the first time in her life she was really working on getting to bed earlier. What really amazed me was she said for the first time in 3 1/2 years she was symptom free. So I hope that is enough to express the importance of sleep and being horizontal by ten.


9 thoughts on “HBT

  1. Okay my husband still laughs at me because I’m in bed most nights by 9:30.
    Originally I did this when Piper was a baby so I could function with a smile on my face the next day. But it was the best training ever and now I value my sleep so much.
    I’m always curious about people who have great eating habits or exercise routines but then totally disregard their sleeping habits. It’s so important!

  2. well, its 1045 as i read this. ooops. ill try but its so hard when your eldest goes to bed at 930! THEn, and only then, MY time starts! but you are so right nancy.
    good night!

    • I know so well that feeling of wanting your time!! But if you go to bed early and get in the habit of getting up early…that early morning time can be even better b/c you are refreshed!

  3. your post is right in line with what I am working on…it’s especially interesting with Ani having her wake up time way early….way too early for us night owls, so we’ve been operating short of sleep for a long while now. It’s very clear how this is impacting my well-being. Thanks for the reminder and community support!

    Anyway, I am off to bed now to at least get HBE!



  4. Hours? I can’t even seem to keep track of months. Only that it’s been far, far too long.

    Thinking of you guys and sending lots of love your way.


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