How Long Should it Take Me to Fall Asleep? How long until I stop staring at the ceiling and just get up!?

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You should take about 10 – 20 minutes to fall asleep.  If you’re getting nearer to 30 mins you should get out of bed, do something for a few minutes (that doesn’t involve screens or exercise) and start your bedtime routine again.

Staring at the ceiling worrying about sleep is the perfect way to stay awake.  Do not worry about sleep. Repeat your bedtime routine. We’re big advocates of routine here at Sleepkick, if you want to know more about routine, click here.

Recent research carried out by Northumbria University suggests the time it takes to fall asleep,  also known as sleep latency, is a key indicator of sleep health.  A longer sleep latency is linked to a poor sleep efficiency – how much of the night you actually spend asleep.

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Sam Billington

Sam is our sleep guru. I am fascinated by sleep and I've used my science training to research and learn about sleep. I have been providing sleep advice and personal sleep plans for years. My day job is Head of Workplace Culture in Defra, I live in London with my wife and have a PhD in Ecology and Biology.