One in ten respondents to the Me Women sleep survey said they were a “super sleeper,” meaning they fall asleep as soon as they hit their head on a pillow.
According to sleep expert Soile Hällfors, these are not always great dream gifts.
- If falling asleep in just a few minutes, it is possible that there is long-term fatigue or strain in the background.
This can be due to, for example, too short a night's sleep or too strenuous everyday life.
We Women's survey was answered by more than 10,000 Finns.
Hällfors emphasizes that there is no need to worry about individual rapid falls asleep or difficulty falling asleep, but if they continue for longer, for example, a couple of months, there are good reasons to consider.
- Usually a person who is sufficiently rested, does not suffer from sleep problems and sleeps well, falls asleep in 10 to 20 minutes.
In that sense, falling asleep in minutes can be worrying.
Of course, things related to sleep are always individual.
Usually a person who is sufficiently rested, does not suffer from sleep problems and sleeps well well, falls asleep in 10 to 20 minutes.
Hällfors therefore encourages everyone to rely primarily on their own abilities to interpret their body and its needs.
According to him, a person usually needs about 6.5 to 8 hours of sleep a day.
Personal sleep needs can also be measured at home.
- When you go to sleep for two weeks, when you are sleepy, and sleep until you naturally wake up, by calculating the average number of hours you sleep each day, you get to know what kind of sleep your body needs.
The easiest way to experiment is on vacation when you don’t have to wake up to anything and there are no distractions.
If, after the trial period, you are more active and the average number of hours slept is significantly higher than the hours you slept on a weekday, you may want to consider your sleeping habits.
The change may be beneficial even if you have not previously paid attention to your sleep deprivation.
If possible, you should correct your everyday sleep rhythm to match your own natural sleep rhythm.
- The most important thing is that you sleep regularly and get enough sleep.
The same amount of sleep and time should be maintained both on weekdays and on weekends, Hällfors says.