The knowledge you have about your sleeping habits may not be the fact. Wrong knowledge about it could be harmful to your mental and physical health. Researchers at NYU Langone Health’s School of Medicine recently conducted a study about sleeping myths and facts on Tuesday. The researchers first went through about 8,000websites and gathered information about sleeping habits. This data was presented to a team of experts in the sleep medicine industry. These experts determined the facts and myths, which are explained below.
There is a myth that says adults need five or lesser hours of sleep. For efficient working in the daytime, not falling sick and enjoy your life, sleep is an important factor. Whether adults or people of any age, everyone needs more than 7 hours of sleep daily. Lesser sleep can lead to cardiovascular diseases and early deaths. Other myth says that it is healthy to fall asleep instantly anywhere and at any time. But, it is a sign that you are not sleeping enough at once, so you complete the rest of your sleep anywhere, anytime. Another myth says that your body can adapt to less sleeping. There are four phases of sleep necessary to restore fully. So, less sleeping doesn’t complete those phases and are unhealthy.
Another myth is about snoring while sleeping. People believe that snoring is not harmful. However, loud snoring means there is an interruption in breathing. It could lead to sleep apnea in the long run. So, take efforts to stop snoring. Another myth says drinking alcohol before sleeping could help you fall asleep, but it is very unhealthy. People also believe that to fall asleep, one should stay in bed with closed eyes and wait until you sleep. But, a healthy sleeper requires a maximum of 15 minutes to sleep.
Other myth says that it is okay to sleep anytime in a day, but the night is the only right time. Some people believe watching television before sleeping can relax you, which is a myth again. Another myth- remembering your dreams is good. No, because the brain rests deeply when we are in dreams.