Rest assured, literally. Falling asleep in an isolation tank should not cause safety concerns worthy of delaying your float. In fact, it is common to encounter people who float with the specific goal of sleeping during their session.
Regardless of your intentions, there are several reasons why the potential of falling asleep inside the tank is safe.
Sleeping in a float tank – reasons not to worry:
- It’s super easy to float when 800lbs+ of Epsom salt is involved. It is hard to realize how easy it is unless you actually try it.
- The salt also makes it very difficult to roll over during the floating process. Even if you don’t normally sleep on your back, floating allows you to enter a unique environment which creates a new level of comfort for lying on your back.
- If you did roll over you are rolling into salt water which should give you the sting you need to jump you awake.
- The tank is pretty shallow. Most tanks are barely 1 feet deep. Yes, people still do drown in shallow water, but it is uncommon at such depths for adults.
After a float session it is not uncommon for floaters to not really know if they fell asleep during the session. Often floaters enter a mental state where it is difficult to determine if they are awake or asleep. Being immersed in complete darkness adds to this phenomenon.
For those that are confident that they fell asleep during their float you will often hear that it was a much deeper more refreshing sleep than they typically experience, with some claiming they feel more refreshed than a full nights sleep.
Nevertheless, there are never guarantees and if you still feel safety issues you should look into alternative setups until you get comfortable and confident with the process.