Gen-Z is now going to bed at by 9pm so they can have nine hours sleep – with one NYC bar even holding New Year’s Eve countdown at 8pm so drinkers could be in bed by 11

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Generation Z has started to head to go out earlier in the day in order to get to bed at a decent time 
  • The generation has seen themselves in bed by 9pm in order to get a full nine hours of rest 
  • Joyface, a bar in the East Village has also decided to play into the growing trend and has hosted earlier dance parties and ‘matinees’

People in Generation Z have reported that they are now going to bed by 9pm so they can have a full nine hours of sleep. 

A bar in New York City has also hopped on the nightly trend as they held their recent New Year’s Eve countdown at 8pm so drinkers could get settled in bed by 11pm. 

Those between the ages of 18 to 35 have said that they have noticed a direct link between sleep and overall health when they get the proper amount of sleep at night. 

Emma Kraft, 19, and Madelyn Sugg, 25, have both gone on to adopt earlier night routines and found that it has benefited their lives. 

Joyface, a bar in the East Village has decided to play into the growing trend and has hosted earlier dance parties and ‘matinees.’ 

‘All of a sudden, it’s so much cooler and way more accepted to sleep early, and everyone has just adapted,’ Kraft said. 

Emma Kraft, 19, said that she is in bed by 9.30pm every night and has been asked for help by her friends to change their sleep schedules 

Joyface, a bar in the East Village has decided to play into the growing trend and has hosted earlier dance parties and 'matinees'

Joyface, a bar in the East Village has decided to play into the growing trend and has hosted earlier dance parties and ‘matinees’ 

The Wall Street Journal reported that an analysis conducted by Sleep Number smart-bed customers revealed that people between the ages of 18 and 34 went to sleep, on average, by 10.06pm in January of this year. Last year, they got to sleep by 10.18pm. 

Kraft, a junior at the University of California, Berkley, said that even as she slept in a crowded sorority house full of 65 other women in her sophomore year, she still made sure she got her sleep. 

‘For me, nothing good happens after 9 p.m.,’ she told The Wall Street Journal. 

Since her rewarding sleep schedule change, where she sees herself in bed every night by 9.30pm, Kraft said that many of her friends have gone on to ask her for guidance on how they can do the same. 

As they’ve slept more, a recent study found that Gen-Z members have gone on to prefer drinking less than previous generations, according to Cleveland Clinic. 

Though it is unclear why the generation has enjoyed less drinks, Dr. Akhil Anand, an addiction psychiatrist said that there could be many factors that play into the decision. 

For one, Generation Z might have picked up on the fact that alcohol is a depressant that can effect people’s mental health. 

Dr. Anand said that presently, there is a huge mental health crisis taking place in the world and instead of drowning in alcohol to fulfill needs, Gen Z has ‘moved in a different direction.’ 

He also suggested that Gen-Z has shifted to smoking cannabis as a stress reduction method. 

Alcohol-free lifestyles also go hand-in-hand with better sleep patterns, weight loss, and increased energy. 

Jennifer Shorr, the owner of Joyface said that her bar has hosted four ‘matinees’ since October that all started at 5pm. 

Madelyn Sugg, 25, said that she has not only noticed a change in her energy levels and overall sleep pattern, but has managed to save money by not staying out until the early morning

Madelyn Sugg, 25, said that she has not only noticed a change in her energy levels and overall sleep pattern, but has managed to save money by not staying out until the early morning 

Jennifer Shorr, the owner of Joyface said that when the bar hosted an early New Year's Eve that started it's countdown at 8pm, there was a waitlist of over 200 people interested in going

Jennifer Shorr, the owner of Joyface said that when the bar hosted an early New Year’s Eve that started it’s countdown at 8pm, there was a waitlist of over 200 people interested in going  

Another girl, Madelyn Sugg, 25, started to go to bed earlier at night once she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in November. 

Sugg, who said that she used to barhop until the early morning has gone on to find happiness in early nights out. 

‘I was afraid of that feeling of FOMO or of feeling like I’m not succeeding at building a community, but it’s actually turned out to be an improvement in all these areas,’ Sugg admitted. 

The fictional-operations analyst said that she now prefers enjoying getting drinks with friends around 5pm every Thursday and seeing a jazz show at 6pm on Monday’s. 

On top of saving her a lot of stress, anxiety and tiredness from lack of sleep, Sugg also revealed that her bank account has also benefited from the change as she’s managed to avoid the costs of midnight snacks and drinks. 

Shorr said that on New Year’s Eve, the 1970s-style bar hosted their 2024 countdown at 8pm and had a waitlist for the event with more than 200 people on it. 

‘We order pizza for everyone, it peaks at 8 p.m., then everyone can still be in bed by 11,’ the owner said. 

In August, the New York Post reported that that a survey found that Gen Z prioritized sleep so much that they failed to complete other tasks before bed. 

The study concluded that the generations is ‘most likely to not finish their nighttime routine’ before bed, and that 68 percent in survey of 2,000 adults fell asleep with their phone in their hand. 

The study also revealed that 53 percent didn’t brush their teeth before bed, while 47 percent ended up dozing off while still in their day clothes. 

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