There are many stories and myths about sleep. Unfortunately, these are often not correct.That’s why we unraveled the 12 biggest myths about sleep.
Myth 1: Everyone needs 8 hours of sleep
How much sleep you need is genetically determined. Some people need less and more sleep. If you fall asleep immediately when your head hits the pillow, you will not sleep too much. Normally you need about 15-20 minutes to fall asleep. After a good night’s rest, you will be refreshed, full of energy. People who sleep systematically less than 6 hours a night have an increased risk of brain bleeding, heart attacks and diabetes.
Myth 2: More sleep is always better
Believe it or not, but there is such a thing as sleeping too much. Like people who sleep less than 6 hours a night, people who sleep more than 10 hours a night show a number of health problems.
Myth 3: You can catch sleep shortage on weekends
Although the effects of your sleep shortage (squeaky, irritable) quickly disappear as soon as you sleep longer on the weekend, long-term effects have not disappeared. Every night you sleep less than 6 hours has an effect on your health.
Myth 4: If you can not sleep, rest in bed is also good.
Staying in bed while you can not sleep and hope you fall asleep is not good. If you are still awake after an hour you can get up better. Otherwise, you only get frustrated and associate your brain with the bed lying awake while your brain has to associate your bed with sleep.When you get up, drink a glass of warm milk and do something saais. So do not go to watch internet or watch TV (bright light only activates the brain), but read a magazine or book for example.
Myth 5: Watching TV before sleeping is good for relaxing
The TV is not to let you sleep but to entertain you. In addition, the bright light of a TV or computer screen has an activating effect on the brain. Specialists agree that at least one hour before going to bed, you can not watch TV and use ipad or computer. You can better read a book or magazine (not on your ipad because that light is too bright), or do something else ‘relaxing’ like a short evening walk, light domestic work, take a bath or listen to some music .
Myth 6: Snoring is irritating but usually not serious
In the vast majority of cases the snoring is caused by a too narrow transition from the nasal cavity to the throat cavity; this is the space behind the soft palate and the veil. Because someone who’s snoring gets too little air, “triggered” that the brain wakes up. Snoring can therefore indicate sleep apnea . This is a serious sleep disorder that involves major health risks if not treated.
Myth 7: Alcohol helps to sleep better
Although you fall asleep more easily, the quality of your sleep deteriorates as you consume more alcohol. Drinkers often wake up in the middle of the night and suffer from insomnia.Furthermore, that alcohol makes you wake up more often, your sleep is less deep and the quality of sleep deteriorates.
Myth 8: Coffee in the afternoon has no effect on your sleep
Caffeine has a relatively long half-life time. After drinking for example a cup of coffee after half an hour, half of the caffeine is still in your blood. So if you drink a lot of coffee during the day, this affects your sleep or sleep at the beginning of the night.
Myth 9: Your bedroom must be warm and cozy
Actually, the opposite is true. One bedroom should give as little distraction as possible and your bed should be used for sleep or sex only. The bedroom can furthermore be the best cool (17 degrees) and well ventilated.
Myth 10: A nap during the day disturbs your sleep
A daytime nap that does not last longer than 30 minutes can improve your daytime performance. Research shows people who have a siesta have a better memory and their alerter. It is not wise to take a nap if you are having trouble sleeping as early as the evening.
Myth 11: In the evening sports keep you awake
You can go for a walk or have fun in the evening hours. It’s only important to give your body plenty of time to relax after an intense workout. If you immediately lie down in bed, you will have trouble sleeping.
Myth 12: It’s ok to share your bed with your pet
Pets are not the best bed partners. They can keep you awake by moving or making noise themselves. In addition, you can develop an allergy for pets if you sleep with them in a bed.