Sleep myths to put to bed

sleep myths

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Many of us have grown up hearing parents and other family members recall sleep myths.  Granny would say things such as: older people do not need additional sleep; eating cheese before falling asleep will give you night mares; or if you have a bad back, the best mattress to buy is a hard one.  We will touch on these three and more myths so that we can have a better night of sleep.

sleep myths

sleep myths

Objective

The objective of this blog is to debunk some sleep myths.

I am in an affair with Sleep

I enjoy sleep.  Sometimes I get too much and sometimes I get too little and my body aches for slumber.  For as long as I can remember, I have suffered from narcolepsy. The constant energy my entire body required everyday to stay awake was enormous.

The Sandman met me everywhere. In my classroom at school which was filled with students.  Yep!  Even during a college lecture.  Sleeping in church was the worst.  One time, a few years ago during the Christmas Eve service at my church I constantly fought to stay away..  It was the 11 p.m. service and it was packed with guests and members  My husband did not have fun poking me to open my eyes and wake up!.

sleep myths

sleep myths

At the same time, my bipolar 1 was brewing like a storm in the west on a summer afternoon.  The bipolar brought with it insomnia as a little present for me.  Since I am on a narcolepsy drug now, I do not have those “fall-asleep-at-the-drop-of-a-hat” moments like I used to.  Thank the LORD!  However, if  I do not take my narcolepsy medicines when I should, then the dam in the bridge collapses and I’m back to square one.  And get this, I even take something for the insomnia from the bipolar to mitigate the sleepless nights.

Over the years, I have heard sleep myths.  At the time, some appeared to work while others did not.

Sleep myths

Below are a handful of sleep myths deBUNKed!

  1. Saturday catch-up. Many people (teenagers, parents, truck drivers, blue and white collars and new moms) (so basically everyone) thinks catching  up on their sleep over the weekend will put more “sleep tokens” in the sleep bank to retrieve at anytime.  Wrong.  You can’t completely make up for lost sleep..
  2. Aging out of sleep. This means older people need less sleep, as the get older. Yes, older people tend to wake up more at night, they still sleep during all times of the day. This demographic needs the same amount of hours of sleep as anyone else.
  3. Drinking leads to dreaming. Hitting the sauce, tying one on, or boozing it up does cause sleepiness.  Having a drink before going to bed, only sets you up for a interrupted night of sleep.This break in your sleep, upsets your REM sleep cycle.

    sleep myths

    sleep myths

  4. Saving on one is not equal to more saving in the end.  There are people who believe if you keep your old box spring and just buy a new mattress, they are saving money.  “You should always replace both since they are designed to work best together as a set, and the warranty may not apply if you do not.”
  5. Sheep are for pets and mutton, not for shut-eye. Counting sheep when you are unable to sleep is a popular suggestion to help you fall asleep. “An Oxford University study showed doing this actually lengthens how long it takes to sleep. Instead, listen to soothing music or read a book to help you fall asleep.”

We all want sleep

You know, some will do whatever they can to find sleep.  What will you do for sleep when you’ve been working all day?  Shopping all week for the wedding?  How about buying, packing and driving your student to college?  And sometimes it is just because you want some shut-eye.

The bottom line, is we all want sleep.  We need to have good sleep, though.  For a night of good sleep, run those myths straight out of your mind.

sleep myths

sleep myths

Comments

What are your sleep myths?  Do they work?  Have they been debunked?  What is your sleep routine and schedule?  Would love to hear from you!  I will share with you more of my sleep myths and my sleep hygiene.

References

http://bettersleep.org/better-sleep/sleep-myths/http://bettersleep.org/better-sleep/sleep-myths/

Life Conquering and Psych Central (Mental Health Discoveries)

Life Conquering and Psych Central (Mental Health Discoveries)