Over the years, many myths have come into existence about sleep. Some of them are actually believable, so I want to debunk them in today’s post. And, there are facts about sleep too that people tend not to believe. I also want to help educate people about those.
The very first thing I have to point out is, humans must sleep. For those of you who think you can manage life, business and all other things in between on little sleep, you are fooling yourself.
I implore you to read and learn. Share this post with others because sleep is a part of living a long and wonderful life.
Sleep Myth: Snoring Is Not Dangerous
Snoring has been going on for years upon years. Many people have just accepted it as the norm. But studies have discovered that a large percentage of snorers suffer from sleep apnea. What is actually happening is, that person is just not able to properly breathe while sleeping. They actually will pause breathing while sleeping and when you pause your breathing, you are reducing oxygen to your blood supply.
This all can put a heavy strain on your heart.
If you snore, I recommend you do take a test to see if you have sleep apnea. There are many centers around the country to do so; just ask your Doctor.
Sleep Fact: Lack Of Sleep Can Lead To Diabetes
While it is true that over-indulging in sugar is a leading cause of diabetes, having too little of sleep is another huge cause of this dreadful disease.
Research indicates that insufficient sleep impairs the body’s ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes.
Sleep Myth: The More Sleep, The Better
Studies have found that the optimum sleep amount is 7 ½ hours. But some people have this thought pattern that even more can be better.
That can be nearly as bad as getting too little sleep. Usually, if a person goes past the 9 hour mark on sleep, there must be a problem with the quality of sleep. Maybe light, noise, mattress and pillow need to be examined.
Sleep Fact: You Can Go Longer Without Food Than You Can Deprive Yourself Of Sleep
The longest recorded time a person went without sleeping is 11 days. Some people have actually died doing the same. People have went without food 30 days or more.
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend doing either. But sleep deprivation will kill you quicker than food deprivation.
Sleep Myth: If You Die In A Dream, You Will “Probably” Wake Up
I believe every child is told this myth at some point in their lives. And while nightmares are terrible; especially the ones where we die, it doesn’t mean we will not wake up.
Usually nightmares like those come as a natural way to prepare you for a stressful situation you are facing.
Sleep Fact: Our Brain Never Sleeps
I know… Oh yes, I know.
Some people seem to have brains that are on eternal sleep. Just take a drive through New York City on Friday at 4 PM…
But in all reality, even when we are asleep, our brains continue to work. It must make sure all body functions are still working.
If our brain goes to sleep, we are dead.
Sleep Myth: People That Take Naps Are Lazy
Depending where you are in the world, napping can have some rather rash judgment calls. But studies have found that a 25 – 30 minute nap often helps people focus better in the second half of the day.
Some countries take a quite favorable look on napping though…
- The Spanish Siesta helps workers work longer shifts
- The Chinese workers often lay there heads down for about an hour after lunch
- In Italy, it is known as Riposo and businesses lock their doors so employees can nap
Did you learn anything new?
Just know that like exercise and eating properly, sleep is extremely important.
Get that good sleep you need. If you wake up easily in the middle of the night, try getting up for 10-20 minutes and do something relaxing; no, not the smartphone or television because the light from these promote the waking mechanisms in your body.
Do you have any questions or comments?
Feel free to post them below.
Now with all this talk about sleep, I think I need a nap.
Have a great day!