As we continue our discussion of Better Sleep Month for May, let’s review the five most common sleep myths that lead to the vicious cycle of confusion and sleep loss. And with this, we will reveal the truth behind them so we can all get some better sleep!
Sleep Myth #1: Getting eight hours of sleep is a luxury.
Sleeping is a necessary part of being happy and healthy — and there is nothing luxurious about that!
Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep per night will help you to look and feel better, stay healthier, and perform at your peak. Who doesn’t want that?
Sleep Myth #2: Losing sleep occasionally isn’t fun, but it’s not having any real impact on my health.
Losing out on even one hour of sleep, one night a week has been proven to increase your risk of having a heart attack, developing Type 2 diabetes, becoming obese, or even suffering from depression.
All sleep counts and a lack thereof will always impact your health, whether you see it immediately or not.
Sleep Myth #3: To cure drowsy driving, just wind down the window and turn on some music.
Sleep related automobile accidents are an enormous problem around the world.
In the U.S., a nationwide survey found that 60% of Americans said they had driven while feeling drowsy.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police reported accidents are directly caused by driver fatigue.
For such a serious issue, there seems to be a surprising lack of reliable advice on how to prevent accident like these.
Scientists have found that although a blast of cold air on your face will provide temporary relief from drowsiness, this may last as little as 15 minutes. Maintaining a healthy sleep schedule is the only sure and safe remedy to combat driver fatigue.
Sleep Myth #4: Snoring is harmless.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 32 percent of adults in America suffer from snoring at least a few nights per week.
Though sometimes benign, loud and chronic snoring can also be a symptom of other issues, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
OSA is characterized by pauses in breathing while asleep – which are caused by the airways becoming blocked. If left undiagnosed, OSA can reduce blood oxygen levels and put strain on the heart and respiratory systems, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and even a heart attack.
Sleep Myth #5: 1: Sleep is a passive activity.
For a long time sleep was considered the body’s ‘down-time’ – an absence of consciousness.
But sleep is very much an active state within the body and brain. It is truly a beautiful and complex sequence of events, as it follows a regular, cyclical pattern every night. Although we remain still and inactive at night, there are numerous vital processes going on, of which we are all unaware.
Shocked by the dangers of sleep deprivation and just HOW important getting better sleep is to your health and well-being?
It is our mission to get the info out there so everyone can see how vital celebrating Better Sleep Month can be.
Hence, as you make plans for Memorial Day, don’t forget to plan for getting the high-quality sleep you need and deserve. So rest up this month and all the others to come!
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