5 Common Sleeping Myths: Debunked

When it comes to our sleep, we all have different habits and behaviors that we believe are the right thing to do. Anything to help us drift off into that refreshing, rejuvenating and relaxing night’s sleep our bodies crave is great, right? But, sometimes what we think is helping us could actually be hindering us! And, unfortunately, when it comes to our sleep, we could end up with an unhealthy routine if we are not careful that could result in more issues than feeling tired.

Lots of sleeping myths have made their way into our daily lives as ‘facts’, which has caused many of us to misunderstand what our bodies need. It’s time to get smart about these sleeping habits!

Below are 5 myth-busting facts that we have all fallen victim to.

1. 8 hours of sleep is a must!

It’s night time and you’re laying down, snuggled under your sheets, reaching out for your phone or clock to check the time. How often have you counted out 8 hours and set your alarm with that in mind? Knowing we get those precious 8 hours gives us that sense of confidence that we’re getting the ‘right’ amount of sleep - but it isn’t exactly true. Our sleep needs are all very different, with countless factors affecting what fits us best.

Studies have suggested that we actually need between 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night [1]. But, don’t forget, that will fluctuate for each person. The best way to find how much sleep your body actually needs is simple. Turn off your alarm for one week, and only sleep when you’re tired - your body will find its natural rhythm. You will wake feeling well rested and ready for the day. This change will get you out the habit of lying in bed, forcing your eyes shut in the hope that you’ll fall to sleep. Or making yourself wake up early because your body needs to be up when the sun rises! I promise, when you try this, your body will wake when you’re ready.

2. Keeping awake behind the wheel

Now, this myth is an important one. We have all been told this common tip that if we’re feeling a little sleepy when driving, just turn up the radio and open the window - let that sudden blast of cold air do its job! Well, unfortunately, this isn’t really the case. Although the abrupt gust of cold, fast air and stimulating loud noise will give you a shock to the system, you will find that it may only give you as little as 15 minutes relief before the drowsy sensation takes over again. Be smart! Stop and take a nap in a safe place as soon as you’re able. Many accidents happen on the road due to drivers falling to sleep behind the wheel! Don’t risk it!

3. Sleeping Pills

Are you currently using sleeping pills to help you sleep? Well, if yes, then now is probably the time to stop! It’s completely understandable why they’re so popular. Let’s face it…if you’re someone who struggles to sleep, then why wouldn’t you take a pill to help? Most American’s with sleep issues have turned to pills such as Ambien. Sadly, taking sleeping pills can cause more harm than help. Do you really know what is happening to you once you have fallen to sleep? Unfortunately, lots of sleeping pills only mimic a sleep-like state and could be weakening the connections in your brain cells [2].

There are other, more natural ways to help you get off to sleep. Our Dream Lotion contains ethically sourced, plant-based ingredients that can give you that much needed deeper sleep. Just simply apply the lotion to your neck, chest and the upper part of your arms. Before you know it, sleeping pills will be a thing of the past!

4. Catch up on your sleep another time

Did you only get a few hours’ in bed last night? Have you had another busy week and missed out on your regular sleep? Well, it’ll be alright, you can catch up when you get the chance, right? Wrong! Unfortunately, this is not the case. It would be great if we could collect the sleep that we’ve missed and use it at the next available time, but it doesn’t work that way. You could end up throwing your body into a very unhealthy schedule. The best thing to do is to just keep your sleep as regular as possible – even at weekends. Wake up at a normal time and eventually, you will get your body back to its ordinary pattern. If you do struggle and need the extra few hours, that shouldn’t affect your body too much! Just make sure that this isn’t a reoccurring, weekly habit…your body and mental health won’t thank you for it!

Related: Everything You Need To Know About Your Circadian Rhythm

5. Snoring – It’s completely normal

It’s extremely common and very normal to find yourself lying awake listening to a loved one snore. Whether it be in the bed next to you, or in the room on the other side of the house, snoring can be very annoying for the person left awake. And, let’s face it, telling someone they snore can be a little embarrassing especially if you find out that it is you!

Snoring is incredibly common, but that doesn’t mean that it is always healthy. According to a recent survey, 32 percent of adults in America snore nearly every night [3]! That’s a lot of growling during the night!

On a serious note, suffering from loud chronic snoring could be a sign of something more sinister. Sleep apnea (OSA) is a common condition where the walls of your throat relax and narrow while you sleep. This can interrupt your breathing while you’re unconscious and could result in you to stop breathing. And, you guessed it, a symptom of this is loud snoring! If undiagnosed, sleep apnea can cause damaging health issues, including reducing the amount of oxygen in your blood, causing stress on your heart [4]. This isn’t a nice thought…so if you know you or a loved one snores, try and see a medical professional. Sleep apnea is treatable and once treated can improve how you feel! It’s worth getting yourself checked out.

Final Thoughts

So, I hope this has cleared up a few sleeping ‘facts’. Of course, if what you’re doing works for you, then keep it going! Just make sure you’re not causing damage to your health and wellbeing. It’s worth taking note of these as they can only benefit your lifestyle. Sleep is extremely important to us – we all do it! So, make sure you’re doing it right! Now you know the truth to these ‘facts’ we all once believed, you can make better choices…you never know, it might help. 

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