Sleep-related measures: fact or myth?
There are several misconceptions about the best refreshment exercise, sleeping.
Despite vast research on sleep science, misinformation about sleeping floats among people and social media platforms. And people tend to believe those false concepts and harm their health often. Let’s debunk some false beliefs about sleep.
Myth: If you are getting less sleeping time regularly, your body gets accustomed to it.
Fact: sufficient sleep is a must for everyone. If you are not getting enough night’s sleep, you are supposed to feel clumsy in the daytime. Your body can never compensate for the lost sleep. Consistent loss of sleep influence your brain and cognitive abilities along with physical performances.
Myth: If you are getting adequate sleep, then the sleeping time does not matter to your health
Fact: This notion is completely false, as sleeping time is equally important. The human body has its own clock named circadian rhythm and sleeps in the night is the best for overall health.
Myth: Your brain stops working during sleep
Fact: The brain never stops working and all the cognitive functions remain active in the brain, that is the reason why you dream in your sleep.
Myth: Sleeping duration increases as you grow older.
Fact: There happens a significant change in the circadian cycle as you grow older. Older people usually sleep less than younger persons. Moreover, other health issues sometimes interfere with the sleeping duration of older people.
Myth: Napping compensates for insufficient night sleep.
Fact: There is no substitute to sleep in the dark. There are various phases of proper sleep, they never get fulfilled in napping. At the same time, if you nap for a long duration, it makes you disoriented and clumsy. The napping should be less than half an hour in the afternoon.
Myth: There is no harm in sleeping while keeping your room lights on.
Fact: The circadian rhythm gets influenced by little lights. High-quality sleep always needs a darkroom as the chances of waking up or interruptions are increased when the light is on.
Myth: Adults are okay with less than 5 hours of sleep
Fact: Nobody is okay with less than five hours of sleep as it provides the best form of refreshments and helps for a new start. Although, in some cases, it has been observed that people stay fine with less than 5-6 hours of sleep due to their genetic setup.
Myth: If you move during sleep, then you are not a good sleeper.
Fact: This belief is certainly false as body movement has no such strong relationship with the sleeping pattern. A good sleeper can definitely move in sleep. You may complain against that person when these movements become abruptly violent.
Myth: There is no harm in snoring loudly
Fact: Snoring can be deadly. Loud snoring is associated with obstructive sleep apnea, which is a breathing disorder with serious consequences. Snoring can be treated with positive airway pressure techniques. At the same time, snoring makes an uncomfortable situation for your bed partner.
A healthy lifestyle needs sound night sleep for six hours daily. Do not get trapped with false word-of-mouth and sleep properly.