Busting Common Sleep Myths
There’s a lot of myths out there, about pretty much everything, thanks to the internet, fake news, conspiracy shows, and the like. The one’s we take seriously, however, are the ones centered around sleep, because they could really affect people, depending on if we believe in them or not. Whether you’re counting sheep to help you sleep, or avoiding spicy foods to prevent nightmares, here’s some common sleep myths, busted.[separator size=”20″]
You Can Just Catch Up on Sleep Later
If you constantly aren’t getting enough sleep, say in the work week, and try to make back that time on the weekends, all is well right? Not so much. A study from Medical News Today found that chronic sleep loss isn’t so easy to recoup. It might help you in those wee hours, but not later at night, when performance is naturally low.
Snoring is Harmless
In many cases, yes, snoring can best-case scenario be nothing but an annoyance, especially for your significant other. However, that isn’t always the case, as it is a known symptom of sleep apnea, a condition where pauses in breathing restrict oxygen flow. Consult a doctor if you have any reservations at all about it.
Drinking Helps You Sleep Better
We’re taking about the adult beverage type of drinking here. Water definitely helps you sleep, but a six-pack midnight snack does not. As a natural sedative, alcohol may help you become sleepy and fall asleep quicker, but it’ll make your slumber lighter and more prone to awakening, which prevents the deep sleep you really need.
Never Wake Up a Sleepwalker
Supposedly, waking up a sleepwalker could cause a heart attack, but there’s no evidence to back that up. The worst you can hope for is distress and confusion on the part of the sleepwalker. Also, you can just monitor them until they go back to bed and share the story with them the next morning.
Yawning Means You’re Tired
To be frank, not much is known about yawning and what causes it or why we do it, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re tired. Often, waking up from a nice, restorative eight-hour night’s sleep can be met with a yawn. You’re not tired, you just need that extra gulp of oxygen to start your day.
Spicy Foods Cause Nightmares
We’re not sure where this one came from, but it’s pretty funny if you think of it. Cheese has also been the target of this sleep myth, but reality is, there is no science to give it any legitimacy. Good thing too, because we love cheesy and spicy foods, and if even if they did cause bad dreams, we think it would be worth it.
Counting Sheep Helps You Sleep
This one is the most well-known, so we saved the best for last. While the idea of having to individually count a herd of sheep sounds so boring it could put you to sleep, that’s not the case. A study done by Oxford University found that it actually took participants longer to fall asleep than when picturing a relaxing image. So really, picturing something calming, like say the beach, is much more effective.
If you’ve heard of any other sleep myths that you would like busted, let us know and we’ll get to work on it. Until then, share these busted sleep myths with your family and friends, every one will get a better night’s sleep for it.