Looking at the many sleep myths that people believe in, a team of researchers from the New York University gathered scientific evidence to prove the 6 most common ones on the internet wrong. Here’s the list:
Myth 1 – Sleeping For Less Than 5 Hours Is Okay
A lot of people let sleep be in favor of work or other activities which they consider more important. This has come to form a belief that catching 5 or fewer hours of sleep isn’t harmful. Researchers have proved this wrong by stressing on how lack of sleep on a regular of basis can harm health by introducing cardiovascular health problems. Experts recommend sleeping for at least 7 to 9 hours.
Myth 2 – Alcohol Before Sleeping Improves Sleep
Another common myth that people have come to believe is that booze before bed triggers a restful sleep even though scientific evidence proves that this is anything but true. Though alcohol does make you nod off immediately, it can loot you of the benefits of sleep by disturbing REM sleep. Moreover, since it has diuretic properties, alcohol also wakes you up several times mid-sleep because of nocturia.
Myth 3 – Television Before Bed Is Relaxing
Myth says watching TV before nodding off can promote relaxation. However, this again is not true. In fact, watching television before sleeping can induce stress and cause insomnia. Moreover, the blue light radiations emitted by the screen can also delay melatonin, the sleep hormone’s production which can keep one from sleeping restfully.
Myth 4 – You Should Stay In Bed To Continue Trying To Sleep
We’ve all put ourselves through this – we’ve tried to sleep by staying in bed only to toss around restlessly because sleep doesn’t seem in the mood to visit. This is not a good idea as it doesn’t enable you to sleep but makes your mind associate the bed to insomnia which can be problematic. This is why, instead of tossing and turning in the bed, you should get up and go do something mindless. This will make you feel sleepy and help you catch some shut-eye time.
Myth 5 – You Can Hit The Snooze Button
While you can definitely hit the snooze button, you shouldn’t. Many believe that the best sleep is that which you catch after hitting snooze but in truth those few minutes of sleep are of a low quality. This is why, instead of hitting snooze, you should get up, open the drapes and let light in to make yourself feel less groggy and more energetic.
Myth 6 – Snoring Cannot Be Harmful
Most people ignore the snores of their partner sleeping beside them. However, if those snores are too loud they can be a sign of sleep apnea even though myth says snoring is harmless. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which is linked to hypertension, arrhythmia, stroke, and heart attack. In this condition, the throat’s walls relax and contract which can hamper breathing briefly. Therefore, snoring shouldn’t be carelessly ignored.