5 Myths About Sleep That You Probably Didn’t Know About
According to the National Sleep Foundation, there are a lot of myths about sleep that just aren’t backed up by facts. Those myths can really take a toll on your life and cause your sleep to go out the window. So what are the most common myths about sleep?
You Shouldn’t Get Out Of Bed If You Wake Up In The Middle of The Night
For years people have been told, if they get out of bed or turn on the lights when they wake up in the middle of the night that they won’t be able to go back to sleep. That just isn’t true. Experts, scientists and sleep doctors have turned the page on the counting sheep method. If you find that you wake up in the middle of the night, and stay awake for a while, you should get out of bed and go read a book or listen to some music. Then go back to bed when you feel sleepy.
You Need 8 Hours of Sleep Each Night
Eight hours a night is simply a suggestion for those who never give themselves enough time for some serious rest. When it comes to the amount you actually need, you might get along just fine with seven hours a night, while some people really need nine. The best way to determine your sleep needs is to make a sleep calendar and record how you feel on a week of seven, eight and night hours each.
You Should Bundle Up At Night To Stay Cozy While you Sleep
When it comes to bundling up at night, you’re probably doing it wrong. While you sleep your temperature can lower and raise, causing you to wake up all night long. Your sleep problems might just be because of your bedding. In order to stay asleep all night, you should use temperature regulating sheets. That way your core body temperature stays at the comfy 37.5 celsius all night long. That’s where NuSleep can help you get some serious zzz’s. Their bedding is made to keep you from sweating, so you start sleeping.
Naps Are A Great Way to Catch Up On Sleep
Not everyone needs a nap, and it can actually have a negative effect on you. You can’t “catch up on sleep”. You are either getting enough or you aren’t. Making time to get all the sleep you need at once is essential to your health, and thinking negatively that you can make up for the hours you don’t get is going to take a toll on you in the long run.
Insomnia Means You Can’t Fall Asleep
That’s really only one symptom of chronic insomnia. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “The others include waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep, frequent awakenings, and waking up feeling unrefreshed. Insomnia can be a symptom of a sleep disorder or other medical or psychological/psychiatric problem, and can often be treated. 58 percent of adults in this country reported at least one symptom of insomnia in the past year.” If you think you are having sleep problems, you should consult a physician!
- Romell Bhaala