Anonymous said: Confused anon: How much time would you consider "much time"? It's rare for me to spend more than an hour trying to fall asleep, and closer to twenty minutes on a good night. I had a friend who averaged four hours of sleep a night, and not for lack of trying. Google is giving varied results, but 20m doesn't seem to be too unusual.
A lot of people lie down and pretty much just fall asleep within 5-10 minutes. 20 isn’t super high, but an hour is sort of unusual. And they’re also, I think, doing a lot less thinking when they do it. Also, there’s the question of when you try; I usually won’t even bother to try to go to sleep if I’m not basically exhausted, because I know it won’t happen.
…5-10 minutes!? I take 45-90! And Google tells me that normal sleep latency is 15-20 minutes…I feel cheated by the universe.
God I can’t even imagine taking 45-90 minutes to fall asleep. My mind would eat itself alive. I’d be a jibbering wreck by morning. I have super fucked up sleep patterns though. I generally could fall asleep at the drop of a hat even if I just got out of bed two hours ago. (On a normal night when I crawl into bed my time to fall asleep is less than 5 minutes.) I never feel properly awake. I can sleep anywhere from 10-16 hours and wake up exhausted; trying to wake up at all with less than 10 hours is really difficult and even when I set 3 or 4 alarms I’m perfectly capable of sleeping through them. (Pretty sure I could sleep through a zombie apocalypse.) Like just to give you an idea, back when I was younger and this wasn’t even as much of a problem as it is for me now, if I overslept my 7am alarm to get myself to work, I wouldn’t wake up until past noon, even if that meant sleeping through several phone calls from my boss wondering where I was. Obviously this makes real jobs kind of… uh. Challenging. I also end up staying up really late a lot of the time because I can’t just put down a project and go, “It’s alright I’m not finishing this now, I’ll be able to get up early tomorrow and finish it then.” I will not get up early. It will not get finished. Sleeping is great and yet I also hate it so, so much.
Haha. It’s 2 a.m. and I just got up after lying awake in bed for two hours. It usually takes me 45-90 minutes to fall asleep and I wake up 3 to 4 times a night (a side effect of one of my pills is increased thirst specifically at night), but lately it’s been super hot so it’s taking me longer to get to sleep (and then I get bored, and then I get frustrated). And unfortunately today I have to get up and wash my hair in the morning before I leave the house. FML.