A study where researchers looked at over 8,000 websites found the following common assumptions about sleep:
The top myth about sleep is that it is possible to get by on just five hours a night. This myth is not just wrong, it is also potentially dangerous to people’s health.
The second most common myth is that alcohol can help you sleep. In fact, alcohol impairs the brain’s ability to enter the vital phase of deep sleep. It may feel like you are dropping off quicker, but the subsequent sleep is lighter and less refreshing.
The third myth is that snoring is harmless. In fact, although it may be harmless, it may also be a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is where breathing stops for brief periods during the night.
Other myths about sleep include:
- TV in bed: TV can be stressful and is best avoided in the bedroom.
- Insomnia: When awake for more than 15 minutes or so, it is better to get out of bed. Don’t stay there and struggle or you will begin to associate it with insomnia.
- Naps: Even if you have difficulty sleeping at night, daytime naps should be avoided. Stick to regular bedtimes and get into a good routine.
- The snooze button: Forget about the snooze button, the extra few minutes won’t do you any good. It’s low quality sleep. Better to get up and out into the daylight.
Sleep is a vital part of life that affects our productivity, mood, and general health and well-being. Dispelling myths about sleep promotes healthier sleep habits which, in turn, promote overall better health.
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