How long does it take you to fall asleep?

Taylor Little (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago

I’m really curious how long it takes others to fall asleep, from when you turn your lights off lay in bed and try (do you have to try)? Personally it takes me a minimum of half an hour, I’d say on average 45 minutes.

Although I do have those outlier days, ten mins or two and a half hrs where I’m either really tired or not tired enough. But I feel like most people can decide to sleep, and be out in less than ten, where I have to really try. The other day on HE someone mentioned that when you spend time in your bed on the computer reading or generally not sleeping, your body gets used to that. The idea is if you only lay in bed for sleep, then when you lay down your body knows exactly what to do. I think this may be my issue, or maybe that’s just the way I am. I’m going to try not laying in my bed on the computer anymore though, I was just curious if anyone can relate, I know sleep can be a big issue in this day and age.

February 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm
Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

The trick when you’re lying in bed trying to get to sleep is to try your best to stay awake. The human brain can be a weird thing, but that one does work.

I usually just read until I realise I’m starting to miss bits. That’s my cue to hit the sack. But if I sit in bed with my laptop then I can stay awake til pretty stupid hours. So I try not to do that anymore.

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kalifornia (10) (@kaliholiday) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Ahh i have the same problem, although i’m not sure if it’s really a problem.

It takes me between 1 hour and 2 hours to fall asleep. Sadly, i got into the habit of abusing weed for sleep- i smoked weed before bed that i could not sleep without it. Eventually i stopped smoking, but the anxiety remained. I feel anxious before bed and rely on meditation or supplements to put me out.

Still, i feel like spending an hour in bed before falling asleep in not unusual. I recommend meditation as that has always worked with me.

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bmarie (25) (@bmarie) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, I’m the exact same way as well. I can lay in bed for over an hour, which is usually the case. I can rarely fall asleep under 30 minutes. I do spend a lot of time reading, watching tv, and using my computer while laying in bed, so I do think that has something to do with it. It’s often that my brain just won’t shut down so it keeps me awake. When I really just want to sleep, I do find that relaxing and trying to calm my thoughts helps a lot and then I usually just focus on counting and I can fall asleep. It’s kind of weird, but it usually works for me when I absolutely cannot fall asleep otherwise.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@staylucky, Yeah, I read once to close your eyes and try as hard as you can to stay awake. My mind always wanders before I fall asleep though. I may as well try a little harder though, couldn’t hurt. Thanks for that one

@kaliholiday, Haha yeah, same with weed. I wouldn’t even try unless I was high. I’ve been off it for almost whole month now. But the way you describe it as anxiety is exactly how I feel, I’ve never thought about it that way though, but that’s exactly what it is my mind just loses control. I’ve been trying meditation, do you meditate while lying down in bed? That’s what I do, I’ve read not to meditate lying down because of the risk of falling asleep but I never have that problem, I could stay up for hours meditating lying down.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@bmarie, exactly, my brain won’t shut down. Lol counting, that’s not wierd, counting sheep is the oldest trick in the book. My mind just wanders before I make it to 100 though

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Stealf (124) (@stealf) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Usually its after about five minutes. If I had been drinking or smoking that night its about two minutes. I love my sleep!

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PeaceRiot (178) (@peaceriot) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, When I need to sleep 30 minutes to an hour. When I meditate 1 minute. So frustrating cuz I’m trying to stay awake while I meditate and I pass out every time lol.

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bmarie (25) (@bmarie) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, yeah I know but I feel like no one does it really. But yeah, its starts to wander sometimes and if it does, as soon as you notice, just start back counting again. Usually as I keep focusing on just counting, I start to feel a lot more tired anyways and then I just fall asleep. It basically just helps you to keep your thoughts focused on one thing so it doesn’t keep wandering through a chain of other thoughts, which to me helps settle my brain down and relaxes me a lot.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@peaceriot, You seem like you meditate all day every day lol. I’ve really been curious as too if meditating laying down is less productive, like is it more resting than meditating. When you meditate do you lay down, sit, stand, all three? I only do it laying down, otherwise I just lose patience. And I normally do it before I sleep for like half an hour, it does help to clear my mind but it still takes another half an hour at least after I’m done meditating to fall asleep.

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PeaceRiot (178) (@peaceriot) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Meditation to me is the secret to life man.

Thanks for noticing my practices and I do talk about meditating allot haha.

So I think it really doesn’t matter what position you are in as long as your back is completely straight. Your chakras are all along your spinal chord starting at the bottom of the spinal chord where the root chakra is and going to the top of your head. You need a straight spine to help balance all of them from the bottom up. When you get to a certain point in meditation you can feel a warm warm feeling from your root chakra travel up to your crown chakra then BOOM! Your head explodes. Then your body explodes! With extreme pleasure. I love meditating lol.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Nah try and keep your eyes open the whole time. Tell yourself to keep your eyes open and you’ll suddenly realise you start closing them, even if you don’t feel yourself drifting off. Keep doing it and it’ll happen.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@peaceriot, Yeah, I realize alignment is important for the general flow of energy and for it to really heal your mind. And I’ve realized that meditating laying down works perfectly fine for me, even though I’ve been told otherwise. I’m just really curious as to if you yourself have a preference, and if you have tried different ways if you’ve noticed any differences?

It’s something I’ve thought about a lot but never put to the test just because I lack the patience for sitting and doing nothing or worse standing for half an hour. I guess it wouldn’t hurt for me to try and broaden my experience though.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@staylucky, Haha ok I’ll give it a try again tonight. And yeah maybe reading might help, my problem could just be that I’m not tired. I try to be as active as I can but our lifestyle is still nothing like what our bodies are adapted for, maybe I just haven’t worn myself out enough.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Read good, thought-provoking books. I usually read philosophy related stuff and you’ll start to notice when you’re lagging with stuff like that!

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