How Long Does It Take You to Fall Asleep?

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01 Mar 2011, 8:49 am

I am amazed when people tell me they can fall asleep within minutes of going to bed. REALLY? On good nights it takes me an hour. Generally it is around 2. On very bad nights I can lay there for 3 hours before falliing asleep. I am tired too, or at least my body is.

How about the rest of you guys?


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01 Mar 2011, 8:54 am

It takes me over an hour, and sometimes two and a half to sleep. My mind thinking too much could be it. My mother can fall asleep in seconds, and it makes me jelous. I'm a very deep sleeper to.



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01 Mar 2011, 8:55 am

It takes me about an hour unless I'm extremely tired, then it takes half an hour. My mind just won't slow down.


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01 Mar 2011, 8:57 am

That is my problem as well. Just constant, endless thinking about random stuff. I try to leave the TV on and fall asleep to it, but that doesn't always work.


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01 Mar 2011, 8:59 am

In general it takes me a half an hour to 45 minutes to fall asleep. On rare occasions If I am really relaxed, maybe 15 to 20 minutes.
I have gone through periods were it takes 2 to 3 hours to get to sleep. ( not fun)



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01 Mar 2011, 9:23 am

yeah me too, i remember very well, that i was so surprised and wondered if there is anything different with me when i was a child and a friend told me that he just can sleep within minutes.

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i really would like to know if there is any way to speedup sleeping?! using sleeping rituals? meditation? or might it be better to keep thinking all this stuff? Anyone who did succeed in this?

Another thing which came up to my mind: i once read that humans do a lot of sorting and thinking subconciously when they sleep. I wondered if that is a bit different for us here too, again stuff which is done subconciously by others, is done conciously by us?? What do you think?

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01 Mar 2011, 9:29 am

antonblock wrote:
yeah me too, i remember very well, that i was so surprised and wondered if there is anything different with me when i was a child and a friend told me that he just can sleep within minutes.

:-)

i really would like to know if there is any way to speedup sleeping?! using sleeping rituals? meditation? or might it be better to keep thinking all this stuff? Anyone who did succeed in this?

Another thing which came up to my mind: i once read that humans do a lot of sorting and thinking subconciously when they sleep. I wondered if that is a bit different for us here too, again stuff which is done subconciously by others, is done conciously by us?? What do you think?

anton


Hmm, that is an interesting conjecture and may be why I never really feel rested, even after sleeping for a long time.

Does anyone else- besides taking forever to fall asleep- also wake up often during the night? I don't think I've ever slept a whole night through in my life.


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01 Mar 2011, 9:29 am

How would you know?

I understand knowing the time you physically started to lay in bed. How do you know the time that you fall asleep? You would be asleep.
I do understand the feeling of being in bed and not being able to sleep.

How do you know the time elapsed between going to bed and sleeping?
I am asking because I have heard this before and I don't get it.



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01 Mar 2011, 9:30 am

It usually takes me a hour on average. If I'm really physically tired then less time. Sometimes it seems like my mind will not shut down and in that case it could be two hours. What helps some of the time is to read a book in bed with my glasses. My eyes get tired then sleep comes easier.

Regardless of how sleepy I am, I find that if 4;30 AM comes then I am asleep. Its like someone turned off the power to my mind. Just too bad that I have to get up at 7 AM otherwise I would just adjust my schedule to go bed about then.



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01 Mar 2011, 9:37 am

jackbus01 wrote:
How would you know?

I understand knowing the time you physically started to lay in bed. How do you know the time that you fall asleep? You would be asleep.
I do understand the feeling of being in bed and not being able to sleep.

How do you know the time elapsed between going to bed and sleeping?
I am asking because I have heard this before and I don't get it.


I actually check my clock as the time drags on. Maybe you don't know the EXACT moment you fall asleep, but you know close enough. If I go to bed at 1 and then I'm still awake at 2 I check my clock. I keep checking it until I'm too tired to check anymore.


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01 Mar 2011, 9:41 am

jackbus01 wrote:
How would you know?

I understand knowing the time you physically started to lay in bed. How do you know the time that you fall asleep? You would be asleep.
I do understand the feeling of being in bed and not being able to sleep.

How do you know the time elapsed between going to bed and sleeping?
I am asking because I have heard this before and I don't get it.


I'm thinking the real question, the one that people are actually answering, is, how long do you remain aware of time passing after going to bed and before falling asleep. Which is going to be a subjective estimate unless the person answer is having enough trouble falling asleep that she looks at the clock again.

For me, typically, 5 or 10 minutes. I do have times when I'm getting rest but not losing consciousness, but that tends to be towards morning when I'm trying to fall back to sleep after waking up during the night. Occasionally it happens when falling asleep at night. Then it might take me an hour or two to fall asleep.


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01 Mar 2011, 9:49 am

Mysty wrote:
I'm thinking the real question, the one that people are actually answering, is, how long do you remain aware of time passing after going to bed and before falling asleep. Which is going to be a subjective estimate unless the person answer is having enough trouble falling asleep that she looks at the clock again.

For me, typically, 5 or 10 minutes. I do have times when I'm getting rest but not losing consciousness, but that tends to be towards morning when I'm trying to fall back to sleep after waking up during the night. Occasionally it happens when falling asleep at night. Then it might take me an hour or two to fall asleep.


I have a bad "sense of time" so when I am awake I watch clocks a lot. The last thing I want to do is stare at my clock when I am trying to fall asleep. For me, I can either get to sleep or not.



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01 Mar 2011, 9:52 am

it used to take me a while to go to sleep when i wanted to go to sleep by a certain time. Now I am just up really late until I am exhausted and then when I get ready to go to sleep it only takes me a few minutes to fall.



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01 Mar 2011, 10:11 am

When I was younger I could never sleep. I would literally lay in bed awake until the sun came up. I would miss school some times because I was way too tired to go. I always got in trouble too. Even though I tried my hardest to sleep I never could.

Within the last 3 or 4 years I am able to get to sleep pretty fast as long as I am tired. That is the whole thing. You can not miss your window of tiredness, like the first time you yawn in the evening and feel like you could go to bed. So that's how I do it. Some nights it is 8PM when I feel tired others it can be 2 or 3 AM. I just go to bed when my body tells me to.

If I miss my window of opportunity, or I am excited about the next day I can not sleep.

Like a few years I went to Disney World for a couple weeks with my family. The night before I could not sleep. I knew if I got to sleep it would feel like only a minute had passed and it would be morning and time to get on the road. But my mind kept racing.

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Question off topic though. When you are laying in bed and finally falling asleep do you notice that you start sort of dreaming while you are half awake. Like you hear conversations then are kind of jolted awake sometimes? Random I know.. I'm probably just crazy :)