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How long should it take you to fall asleep?

03-01-2012

While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to getting to how long it takes you to get to sleep at night, recent studies have found that if you are regularly dropping to sleep within five minutes, you are probably sleep deprived.

The study found that those individuals who were showing all the classic symptoms of sleep deprivation – irritation, lack of concentration, depression, hallucinations- would fall asleep within five minutes. While falling asleep quickly because you are tired might sound like a good thing, if it happens every night it means that there is something wrong with your sleep routine. If you find that night after night you are asleep as soon as your head touches the pillow then chances are that you are not getting the recuperative sleep you need each night. It might be that you are suffering from sleep apnea, or that you are not sleeping for long enough.

If you are worried about it, the best thing you can do is attempt to change your sleep routine. Go to bed an hour or two earlier, try to make your bedroom into a dark, quiet and well ventilated sleeping haven. If this doesn’t work then you should go and talk to an expert.


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