New divers often ask about surface time - why it is important, how quickly can go back down, my trip is done and I have a flight tomorrow. So instead of just know that it is important please take the time to understand why it is ESSENTIAL.
This article from Deep Blue Diving provides a great in depth explanation of what it is, what drives the "time," and key suggestions about do's and don'ts while your body recovers.
It is essential that you understand this very important safety part of diving. Saying that you "feel good" is not an indicator of the nitrogen levels in your body. Avoid the serious risks associated with decompression sickness.