The Quarter-Hour Rule Could Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep

By Sarah Stiefvater, May 24, 2023

Generally, a normal sleep latency [The amount of time required to fall asleep] is somewhere between five to 20 minutes. Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, also told us at that time that he usually tells his patients to spend 20 minutes trying to fall asleep. “Clock watching is bad, as is getting stressed out about not sleeping in bed,” he explains. After about 20 minutes of not being able to fall asleep, you should get out of bed and do something relaxing like reading in a dimly lit room. When you feel sleepy, get back into bed and try again.

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