Can You Fall Asleep On Shrooms?

Is falling asleep while taking magic mushrooms (aka psilocybin) a thing? Ruby Deevoy finds out...

by Ruby Deevoy

Although many people say they would have to be given a general anaesthetic to fall asleep on shrooms, others find that during a trip, what they feel the urge to do is curl up and snooze.

But the idea of sleeping might not be appealing – would doing so waste the potential of a good trip? Or would you be hurled into an unmanageable realm of dream-upon-dream hallucinations? Lets take a look at what happens when you fall asleep on shrooms (and if its even possible).

Can I fall asleep on shrooms?

Research published in Human Brain Mapping back in 2014 found solid evidence for something mushroom fanatics have been describing for millennia – taking psilocybin really does put you into a dreamlikeor waking dreamstate. Not just in terms of what youre seeing and experiencing, but physically, in your brain.

So, can you fall asleep when your brain is already behaving like it is asleep?

The general consensus is that psilocybin has the potential to promote great sleep post-trip, but during the trip, most people say theres no way they could fall asleep. After all, when the shrooms are just kicking in, the body produces a rush of adrenaline and cortisol, providing a sharp energy boost. However, as is almost always the case, there are exceptions – although there dont appear to be any studies investigating it, anecdotally some people say they have fallen asleep while tripping.

Apparently, its really, really intense.

in a blue space with white fluffy clouds a sleeping person dressed in white grasps a fluffy flowing cloud like a pillow Reports of having dreams within dreams and not knowing whether theyre awake or asleep are fairly common in those who have managed to drop off. As are vibrant, kaleidoscopic visions. But are the potential therapeutic benefits still there in this type of situation? Its hard to say.

As all studies looking at the effects of psilocybin have been performed on waking participants, we can only go by what psychonauts share of their own personal experiences. While there doesnt seem to be any harm in falling asleep during a psilocybin journey, so far Ive yet to speak to anyone who reports any distinct benefit.

Its highly likely that the same mechanisms of creating new pathways in the brain, literally opening up possibilities for people who might be stuck in a rut of depression, anxiety or PTSD, will happen regardless of whether youre awake or asleep. So, if you undergo therapy sessions the following day (or when you wake up!), perhaps this way of using the drug would be just as effective. However, plenty of people speak about the trip itself, and the profound realisations and experiences during that short time which they might not ordinarily be able to think or speak about, as being a very large part of the whole process. Obviously, this gets missed out during a dream. Unless you have the ability to lucid dream… but thats just getting a bit too ‘Inception’-y for a single article…

Is it safe to fall asleep on shrooms?

It seems as though theres no danger to fall asleep while tripping if youre able to and feel the urge. Maybe if your body is telling you to sleep, thats exactly what it needs to do. However, it could be a little risky to fall asleep and wake up mid-trip if youre alone or in an unsafe space. But then, taking psilocybin in an unsafe space is generally not recommended, whatever happens!

As long as youre comfortable where you are, and youre supported if you feel the need to be supported, you should be fine. Just take care to use all the same harm reduction techniques you would for any trip:

Set & Setting

Make sure youve prepared your mindset for the trip, perhaps practicing meditating and setting intention beforehand. If youre planning to try and fall asleep, maybe you could even learn some lucid dreaming techniques beforehand

Sort yourself out with a comfy, warm, safe space (without too many blankets to get tangled in!) to take your trip in, and ask a trusted friend to be your trip sitting (even just being in the house with you) if you think you might benefit from that.


To get the most out of your experience, practice integration techniques. If you can, you might want to book in for a therapy session the next day. Or maybe you have mindful practices you can enjoy alone, such as journaling or mirror work.

Find more articles on psilocybin aka shrooms in the Volteface archive. 

Ruby Deevoy is a U.K. cannabis journalist with years of experience covering CBD and cannabis in mainstream publications such as The Independent, The Mirror, The National, Elle, Red, Top Sante and Natural Health magazine. She’s also the U.K’s only CBD columnist, writing monthly for Top Sante magazine, cannabis agony aunt for Leafie, writes the Indybest CBD product lists, is founder of The CBD Consultancy and is the primary press member for The Cannabis Industry Council. Tweets @RDeevoy. 

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