Sleep Myths

Sleep Myth #1: “Catching up” on sleep during the weekends.

Not only do most people not “catch up” on sleep during the weekends, in fact most people find themselves busier with their family chores and weekend lifes. It is much better to try and get sufficient sleep on week days, then to try and make up for it on the weekend. Sleeping the recommended 7-8 or even 9 hours every night will help to create a routine which in turn can help enhance overall health and well-being.

Sleep Myth #2: Exercise will make me more tired and worn out.

The fact is exercise can help combat that tired and sleepy feeling and leave you feeling refreshed and alert. The benefits of moderate exercise such as brisk walking or cycling far outweigh the risk of injuries from such exercises.

Sleep Myth #3: Sleep is just rest.

Sleep isn’t merely just a session of rest; it is a vital time for the body to regenerate, repair the damage that has been done to the body. It is nature’s replenishment for the body and without it our immune systems would go into chaos.

Sleep Myth #4: “One or two hours of lost sleep is no big deal.”

The lifestyles of people these days, can lead to lack of proper sleep. Most people would shrug off  losing an hour or two of sleep, but the fact is you are going to damage your body in the long run. Especially if you make a habit of losing that one or two hours of sleep every so often. Our bodies can eventually become weakened and more susceptible to illnesses. Our immune system can also weaken over time due to the lost sleep.

Sleep Myth #5: You can get by on less sleep as you get older.

The wise old adage that you require less sleep as you get older seems to be common in many countries. However, the fact is that older people generally require less sleep due to medical conditions or health issues they may have. For health human beings, both your and old alike still require an adequate amount of sleep regardless of age.

Sleep Myth #6: Eating a large meal before sleep can cause nightmares.

Scientifically, it has not been proven if certain foods or chemicals in certain foods actually cause nightmares. It is true though that, having a fairly substantial meal just before bed time can hinder digestion and in turn cause a person’s sleep to be uncomfortable and interrupted.

Sleep Myth #7: Having some alcohol can help you sleep easier.

Although drinking alcohol can make a person feel drowsy at first and provide a feeling of easy sleep, alcohol can actually cause a person’s sleep to be less restorative. Restless sleep during the night accompanied by extra trips to the bathroom are often the norm. It’s important to note that alcohol is not a good sleep aid and should not be used as such.

Sleep Myth#8: Watching TV helps me to fall sleep at night.

This seems to be another fallacy which is not true. A person’s mind becomes activated when watching television even if a person is not giving a 100% attention to the screen. The audio and visual stimulation are not conducive to a good night’s sleep. You should always separate tv time and sleep time and have a tv in another room if possible so there are less distractions when it’s time to sleep.

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