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What’s the best time to go to bed when you have an early appointment the next day? The common wisdom is to go to bed early if we have an early start the next day. But Dr. Kenneth Wright Jr., who directs the University of Colorado’s Sleep Lab, says that can backfire… Because if you force yourself to go to bed, and you’re not tired, the stress can make it harder to fall asleep. Instead, always go to bed at the same time every night, no matter what. Even if you know you have to be awake again in a few hours. The sleep you do get will be more restful and you won’t throw off your sleep schedule.