Can you get a good night’s sleep in a sitting position? Yes. As long as you’re able to get comfortable and recline slightly, you’ll sleep as well sitting up as you would lying down.


Sleepiness or drowsiness is a cue to get ready to sleep. We should naturally prepare ourselves by settling down in bed when the desire comes. You can not force yourself to go to sleep. By going to bed before sleepiness and drowsiness has developed, the ability to fall asleep is likewise lost.

Therefore, it is important to train yourself to go to bed when you are feeling sleepy, not because the clock says it is time to go to sleep.


If you’re not tired, don’t force it. Tossing and turning will only cause sleep anxiety.


How do I know if I have sleep anxiety?problems going to sleep, even when they are lying in bed and feel like they are ready to go to sleep. waking up frequently throughout the night and not being able to go back to sleep. waking up much earlier in the morning than intended. waking up and feeling like they have not had a refreshing sleep.



I posed this same question to Dr. Mark Rosekind, National Transportation Safety Board member and an internationally recognized fatigue expert. His answer was, lying in bed with your eyes closed but not sleeping is about as beneficial to getting necessary rest as looking at a picture of food when you’re hungry.

What is your mind doing during this period of relaxation? Is it floating peacefully, not doing much, only aware? Is it racing, analyzing yesterday, planning the day ahead? The answer to your question is in what your mind is doing. If your mind is peaceful, your body is resting and will benefit from the rest. If your mind is racing, you might as well get up and have a shower. Your day has begun.

Although resting with your eyes closed doesn’t start up your REM cycle and allow you to clock in some sleep time, it does still provide some hefty benefits. Closing your eyes calms your mind and relaxes your muscles and organs. Many refer to it as “quiet wakefulness”. Take Screen Breaks They recommend the 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes. Another tip: for every 2 hours of screen time, rest your eyes for 15 minutes.