How to Get to Sleep Quickly
For some, and on occasion, it can be hard to get to sleep. So, we spoke to Sleep and Insomnia Specialist, Dr Tony Fernando, to understand his thoughts about how to fall asleep fast and how to enhance your sleep quality.
Falling asleep fast, is not always as simple as it sounds. Some people might say that going to bed earlier will do the trick. Often, this does not work if you already have sleep issues. Going to bed earlier with the hope of falling asleep faster could deteriorate your sleep as your brain still wants to be awake.
How Quickly Should you Fall Asleep?
How soon should you fall asleep after you turn off the lights and hit the pillow? While there is no magic number, it is worth considering waiting for up to 20 minutes to fall asleep is acceptable.
If you are waiting for an hour or more, then there may be something going on as to why you are not falling asleep. Common reasons are: stress, anxiety, or an overthinking mind. Another, often missed explanation, is a body clock variation called ‘Delayed Sleep Phase’, some people have body clocks like owls. If you have this tendency, you are biologically wired to sleep and wake up later than an average person.
Falling asleep easily involves three components: calm mind state, comfortable body, and the right timing.
Remember, a calm mind state, comfortable body, and right timing, altogether can make falling asleep easier.