April 13, 2018
Do you have trouble falling asleep? If so, you’re not alone. Many people have problems getting to sleep for a lot of different reasons, such as stress, caffeine, watching the clock, or using your electronics.
Here we’ll talk about what’s considered the normal amount of time to fall asleep, what it could mean if it’s taking you shorter or longer than average to fall asleep, and most importantly, what you can do if you’re having trouble falling asleep.
It’s normal to take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to fall asleep without distractions, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If it takes longer (or less time) to fall asleep, it could indicate a problem.
If you find it takes you over one hour to fall asleep, it could mean you’re getting too much sleep. It could, however, mean you are struggling with what is called “sleep onset insomnia.” This disorder happens when you can’t stop your mind from thinking to allow yourself to relax.
On the other hand, if the lights are out for you the minute your head hits the pillow, this could mean you are struggling with sleep deprivation. Falling asleep immediately could also indicate you have sleep apnea, where you stop breating while sleeping, snore loudly and have daytime sleepiness.
When you’re deprived of sleep, it can lead to:
The first thing to do is to try improving your sleep hygiene. Here are some tips.
If these don’t seem to help you fall asleep better, talk with your physician and see what she can recommend as the fastest way to fall asleep.
Now that you know it normally takes between 10 and 20 minutes to fall asleep, you can track your own sleeping patterns. If you notice you’re taking longer than 20 minutes to drift off, it could be that your body trying to tell you something. Make sure you listen.