The science of nodding off

When you go to bed, do you struggle to get off to sleep while your partner just seems to just drop off as soon as they hit the pillow? The time it takes people to get to sleep can vary a lot and one university is studying the connection between sleep health and the length of time it takes to drop off. The results probably won’t come as a surprise…

The healthy sleep project run by professor Jason Ellis at Northumbria University analysed the effects of delays in getting off to sleep and found that people who took a long time to fall asleep had poor overall sleep health compared to those who took only a short length of time.

The study analysed individuals aged between 18 and 65 to come up with the recommended time. The optimum time to nod off to sleep was found to be between 10 and 15 minutes. More or less time than this indicates either sleep deprivation if someone goes to sleep almost immediately and poor sleep health if the person takes longer.

While simply going to bed earlier and sleeping for between and eight hours should solve the problem of sleep deprivation, poor general sleep health can sometimes be cured by taking time to improve sleep by living a healthier lifestyle.

Also investing in a better bed and mattress can make a huge difference if lack of comfort is causing the issue.