Do I Have Insomnia: How Long Does It Take To Fall Asleep?

By Stephanie Kirby

Updated November 02, 2019

Reviewer Erika Schad, LCP, CWLC

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Sleeping is a necessity that divides the days and refreshes our bodies and minds. Should our sleep routine be disrupted in any way, it may affect our ability to function and vice versa, but how would you be able to fix a disrupted sleep schedule? The first step to go about it is to determine precisely what your sleep dilemma is. Exactly how long does it take you to fall asleep?

How Long Does It Take to Fall Asleep?

It is considered normal to fall asleep in 10 to 20 minutes, and sleep experts at say that if you are sleeping earlier or later than this, your body may be trying to tell you something.

If your issue is falling asleep too quickly, it may mean that you are not sleeping enough. In this case, it would be best to try and fit sleeping into your schedule, preferably in an 8-hour span each night. On the other hand, if it takes you longer than an hour to fall asleep, it is a sign that your body is sleeping too much or that you are struggling with insomnia. The latter can occur if there is something going on in your life that is preventing you from relaxing.


Insomnia can also occur if you have consumed too much caffeine or sugar too close to bedtime. A changing sleep schedule can affect how long it takes you to fall asleep as well. An adjusted sleep schedule can include jet lag or a shift change at work. Reducing the caffeine and sugar intake and maintaining a regular sleep routine can prevent insomnia. However, it takes long-time insomniacs about two hours to get to sleep at night. In this case, the best thing that you can do is remove all alerting stimulus in your bedroom such as lights, electronics, and books - and wait for sleep to come. Watching television or reading will give the body the impression that you wish to stay awake and will lengthen the task of falling asleep.

If none of these recommendations are working and you are still struggling to fall asleep within a normal time frame, it may be a good idea to speak with a licensed therapist at Better Help, an online therapy community. They are available to talk at any time, even at night when you cannot sleep.

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