Most people should be able to fall asleep within 30 minutes. Problem is millions of people struggle to fall asleep every night, especially in this age of technology. Many of these same people remember how easy it was to fall asleep when they were younger, and wonder why it takes so long to do so at this point.
One reason many of us have trouble winding down is that we use the bedroom for reading, watching TV and even doing bills. Your brain thinks of the bedroom as a place to be awake, not asleep. To break the cycle, reserve your bedroom for sleep and together time.
Is it taking you an hour or longer to nod off?
Well, you may be sleeping too much or you may be grappling with sleep onset – the transition from wakefulness into sleep. This can happen if your body isn’t ready for sleep because you had too much caffeine or your internal clock is out of whack for another reason.
But this occurs especially if you have trouble relaxing and turning off your thoughts at night. All of us have had times where we can’t go to sleep because we’re so worried. We’re worried about a loved one. We’re excited about a trip. We’re worried about ourselves. We’re not feeling very well. That’s appropriate.
Do you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow?
This may be a sign that you’re not sleeping enough. In that case, you’re on notice that you should make it a priority to get more snooze time. If you don’t, skimping on sleep is bound to catch up to you eventually—and probably not in a good way.
Bottom Line: It is usually considered a normal sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep) about 15-20 minutes. If you are asleep before your head hits the pillow, you might not be sleeping enough. If it takes you an hour or more to fall asleep, you might be trying to sleep too much or have too much on your mind.