7 Common Sleep Myths, Debunked

Do you believe that you can survive on less than 5 hours of sleep? Or perhaps you think you can catch up on sleep over the weekend? In this blog, we debunk these common sleep myths and provide you with the facts you need for a better night's sleep.

Myth #1: I can survive on less than 5 hours of sleep.

Just because you can power through the night doesn't mean it's good for you. Adults require approximately 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night for optimal physical and cognitive functioning. Inadequate sleep can lead to adverse health outcomes, including cardiovascular issues and impaired cognitive performance.

Myth #2: I can catch up on sleep over the weekend.

While it's tempting to rely on weekend lie-ins to make up for lost sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation disrupts the body's natural sleep-wake cycle, leading to a cascade of negative health effects. Sticking to consistent sleep habits throughout the week is key to feeling well-rested.

Myth #3: It's okay to take an afternoon nap.

 We love an afternoon sieta, however, to maintain a healthy sleep schedule, limit afternoon naps to 15-20 minutes and avoid napping too close to bedtime.

Myth #4: It's okay to drink coffee after lunch.

While a post-lunch coffee may offer a temporary energy boost, excessive caffeine consumption can interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night. Consider switching to decaffeinated options or reducing caffeine intake after lunch to promote better sleep hygiene.

Bonus: Be mindful of your fluid intake before bedtime to minimise nighttime awakenings.

Myth #5:  If I can't sleep, it's fine to scroll on my phone.

Many of us turn to our smartphones when unable to sleep, but this habit may make it harder to get some shut eye. The blue light emitted by electronic devices can suppress the production of melatonin, a hormone essential for sleep regulation. Instead of scrolling through your phone, opt for relaxing activities such as reading a physical book or practicing deep breathing exercises to promote restful sleep. Better yet, count sheep!

Myth #6: More sleep is always better.

Yes, there is such a thing as too much sleep – and excessive sleep can leave you feeling groggy and lethargic. Oversleeping has also been linked to an increased risk of health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. If you feel as though you need some more sleep, try going to bed earlier by 30 minutes over a week and see if it solves the issue.

Myth #7: It doesn’t matter what I wear to sleep.

The choice of sleepwear can significantly impact sleep quality and comfort. Opt for breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics such as modal and silk that promote airflow and regulate body temperature throughout the night. Additionally, consider factors such as fabric softness and fit to ensure a restful night's sleep.

Bonus: While sleeping nude may seem appealing, especially in hot and humid climates, it might not be the best option for those with skin sensitivity. 

By debunking these sleep myths, you can make informed decisions about your sleep habits and prioritise your overall well-being. Say goodbye to misconceptions and hello to better sleep!

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