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Do you wait until you are sleepy to try to go to sleep?

Asked by JLeslie (47308 points ) November 15th, 2012

Do you try to fall asleep at a certain time? Go to bed and turn off the lights and hope sleep comes? Or, do you wait until you are practically nodding off and then finally curl up in your sleep position?

I ask because I wonder how people count up how long it takes them to go to sleep. I wonder if people with insomnia have certain things in common with how they count whether they have trouble sleeping or not. I never consider myself to have insomnia, but I do have times where I don’t go to sleep until very late, or might wake in the middle of the night for a couple hours. What I don’t do is lay in bed long hoping for sleep. If I don’t fall asleep within 20 minutes I usually get up and watch TV or do something more productive. In my mind I fall asleep quickly, because I don’t count when I don’t fall asleep quickly.

I do sometimes try to fall asleep when I don’t feel very tired because it is late or I want to curl up with my husband who goes to sleep early, but if the sleep doesn’t happen quickly I’m out, out of the room. I give up trying.

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