10 Myths About Sleep – Part 2

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Apologies for the delay of part 2. We’ve been working on a few new interior things to spice up the place.

Hopefully you found part 1 helpful and have been dying for part 2 to come out. Please see below for the next 5 myths about sleep.

“Alcohol Helps Me Sleep So Much Better”
Being a sedative, alcohol may make you fall asleep faster, but it has a harmful effect on sleep quality that far outweighs this benefit. You actually get less deep sleep, wake up more during the night and you’re more likely to snore and experience sleep apnoea.
“I Just Don’t Get Any Sleep At All”
Even in severe cases, people with insomnia typically get a few hours of sleep. We all tend to be poor judges of how long it takes us to fall asleep and how long we’ve slept. You may have experienced an occasion of intending a brief nap only to wake up several hours later, unaware of how much time has passed. This is because we don’t experience the passing of time while asleep.
“I Can Learn While Asleep Listening to Recordings”
If only…! There are a plethora of CD’s proclaiming to help you lose weight, learn fluent Spanish etc. will you sleep but I’ve yet to see any solid research showing they’re effective. Clouding the evidence is that getting a good night’s rest can improve test performance and learning and it is probably this fact, not the tape content itself helping.
“Napping Is a Bad Idea”
This really depends on the circumstances – if napping lead to getting less sleeping at night then it is not advisable. You want the main sleep period to be as long as possible.
After taking naps, people function better and do certain cognitive tasks quicker. Napping can also help you train yourself to fall asleep quicker. However, napping longer than an hour or after 3 p.m. may make it more difficult for you to fall asleep at night.
“Too Much Sleep Makes Me More Tired”
This is a common misconception. First, you can’t get more sleep than your body needs. The homeostatic drive to sleep wears off as you sleep and stops exerting its pressure. In the morning, the circadian cycle (body’s natural ‘clock’) is in its alert phase, not its sleep phase. So if you continue to sleep, it’s because you need more sleep.

Don’t let fear of feeling bad keep you from getting enough sleep. Listen to your body; it will tell you whether or not you need more sleep. If you’re sleepy, you need more sleep.


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