The Sleep Onset Latency Test

The Sleep Onset Latency Test
Sleep deprivation can happen for various reasons. You could have a diagnosed condition of insomnia, or you could just be burning the candle at both ends, going to bed too late and getting up before you have had enough sleep. Whatever the reason, sleep deprivation can have knock on effects on both your body and life; causing health problems, stress, inability to function properly at work, irritability, and even accidents.

Some people suffering from sleep deprivation might not even be aware of it, especially if they are in robotic mode and just going through the motions without listening to the needs of their body.

A medical diagnosis isn't generally necessary for those who are not getting enough sleep, however the NHS did release a report stating that 1 in 3 do suffer from poor sleep due to anxiety and overstimulation via technology, alone.

Nevertheless, there is a way you can use a simple metal spoon to see if you are sleep deprived, and this is called the Sleep Onset Latency Test.

In order to carry out this test, it has been said that the person lies down in a darkened room in the early afternoon, clutching the spoon over the edge of the bed, with a metal tray underneath. They check the time upon lying down, and when they nod off, they will inevitably drop the spoon on the metal tray and awaken with the noise.

At this point they check how long they have been asleep. If they have fallen asleep within 5 minutes then it would be said that they were sleep deprived, however if it takes around 15 minutes for them to fall asleep then it is less severe and they might just need to get to bed a little earlier.

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