Is it Dangerous to Sleep in the Float Pod?

It’s one of the most common questions about floatation that we get at the studio: will you drown if you fall asleep during a Float?

The short answer is no, you will not.

In fact, many people enter the float pod specifically to fall sleep. An hour float can serve as a type of “super power nap” that leaves you completely refreshed and energised.

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Many first-time floaters still worry about drowning, however. Since many people don’t normally sleep on their back, they worry that they would roll over in the water if they fell asleep and drown. However, the buoyancy and density caused by the Magnesium (Epsom Salts) in float pods and float pool makes it very difficult to turn over, so those fears are unfounded. Also, if you just so happen to turn over at some stage while floating, the shock of getting saltwater in your mouth or eyes will definitely wake you up!

Since the water is five times more buoyant than seawater, you will notice when you are floating that it requires quite a bit of effort to roll over, so this would be quite difficult to do in your sleep. Many people fall asleep due to being either very deeply relaxed or simply tired. Some people who have trouble sleeping may actually choose to use the Sensory Deprivation tank as a way of helping them to get rejuvenation and rest. Did you know that one hour of floating is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep?

So whether you sleep or not, you will finish your session feeling as though you had had an amazing refreshing nap!

Happy Floating, Fred!