Sleep is one of the best ways to refresh us and prepare us for the day ahead, improving our health and general wellbeing.
Despite this we have those nights, where we just can’t get comfortable and anxiously look at the clock every 5 minutes worrying about how much sleep we are going to get.
Here are ten sleep myths, which are believed by most people. Accompanied with hints and ideas guaranteeing you get a good nights sleep.
1.Every Adult needs around 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night This is not entirely true, although the average person does sleep for around 7 or 8 hours, people have been known to sleep for 10 hours or as little as five. Instead of chasing the average, find out how many hours suits you and stick at that.
2.We should try to make up for all our lost sleep on subsequent nights This is never advisable as your sleep pattern will become disrupted and although come Monday morning you will feel refreshed, you will slump mid-afternoon. Instead stick to balanced routine and try not to sleep more than an extra two hours at the weekend.
3.The older you are the less sleep you need. An adult needs the same amount of sleep throughout their life. However as you get older it may become more difficult to sleep, it might become lighter and you may find it is easier to be woken up by the slightest noise.
4.Waking up during the night means you’ll be tired all day. This slight lack of sleep will not make you noticeably sleepier during the day, it will also hinder your ability to make decisions and react quickly, as well as fighting off infections. A sleep debt will build up if your interrupted sleep is consistent, making you feel excessively tired.
5.Naps are a waste of time. A full nights sleep cannot be replaced however a power nap can restore you and make you feel more alert to a certain extent. Taking a nap after 3pm can affect your sleep pattern for that night, making you less tired so it being more difficult to fall asleep.
6.A good workout in the evening will make you tired so you’ll fall asleep faster. Exercise is recommended during the day as it increases your temperature
7.It’s good to hang out in your bedroom at night, before you go to sleep, because it will get you “ready” to fall asleep. It is always best to get a routine before going to bed, this way your body recognises the routine with sleeping so will relax and prepare itself for sleep. This way it will be easier for you to drift off.
8.Eating before bedtime will cause nightmares Eating food such as cheese has not be proven to cause nightmares. However eating before bed will hinder digestion and will cause discomfort, therefore causing a difficult and uncomfortable sleep.
9.Snoring is the same as Sleep Apnea It is a common misunderstanding that Snoring is the same as Sleep Apnea when in fact this most serious of the two, Sleep Apnea can cause the sleeper to stop breathing several times a night. Medical experts advise that sufferers use CPAP machines as they keep airways open as you sleep.
10.Watching TV in my bedroom and working on my laptop in bed helps me wind down and fall asleep. Any type of activity which requires you to be alert, is counter-productive when trying to sleep. It doesn’t allow you to unwind and can keep your body alert. It is also recommended that you keep your bedroom mainly for sleeping.
Ensuring you get a decent nights sleep will have a positive impact on your body, mind and general health. If you still struggle with sleeping, don’t panic and seek advice from your family GP.
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