Ideally, falling asleep at night should take you 10-15 minutes. Does it take you longer than that? If so, let’s consider why…
If it takes you longer than an hour to fall asleep then it could be that you have either slept too much the night before or you may be grappling with an onset of insomnia. This could also be the fact that your body isn’t ready for sleep because you have either had too much caffeine before sleep or other reasons such as jet lag.
If you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, then it is a sign that you have had not enough sleep. You would notice your priority to get more sleep in the mornings making it hard to get up.
Let’s look into the 5 stages of sleep you experience every night
Stage 1 – Alpha Period
This happens between the first 5-15 minutes. You will experience very light sleep, a sense of falling which is common for most people and non-rapid eye movement sleep. You may experience a hypnogogic hallucination which is often auditory such as hearing your name get called or hear a knock at the door.
Stage 2 – Theta Period
You will experience light sleep, your body temperature drops, your heart rates slows down and non-rapid eye movement sleep.
Stage 3 & 4 – Delta Sleep
You will experience a slow wave of sleep which transitions from light sleep to deeper sleep. The body starts to repair itself. This is the period when bed wetting and sleepwalking mostly commonly occurs.
Stage 5 – REM Sleep
This is the fifth and last stage of the sleep cycle. This is where you start dreaming, your muscles are relaxed and the brain becomes more active. This is when you experience Rapid Eye Movement Sleep (REM).
The mattress also comes into play. Sleeping on the wrong mattress also can disrupt your sleep cycles. Ensure your mattress has the right firmness and that it has motion transfer where the mattress (especially memory foam) absorbs the movement of your partner to avoid disrupting your sleep. The 624 is the perfect mattress with Zero Partner Disturbance and two firmness options for optimum comfort.