In our last blog, we talked about some common myths about sleep. Believing these myths can lead to poor sleep habits and in turn can result in insufficient sleep. Here we will address a few more myths about sleep and find ways to help get the sleep that you need.
Myth: Being able To Fall Asleep Anywhere and at Any Time Means You are a ‘Good Sleeper’
Rather than being a sign of a ‘good sleeper’, if you are able to fall asleep at any time and under any circumstances, it's an indication that you could be having sleep issues, perhaps as a result of obstructive sleep apnea or another sleep disorder.
Myth: If you are unable to sleep, it's best to stay in bed till you fall asleep.
Ideally, you should be able to fall asleep within 20 minutes of hitting the bed. If you cannot fall asleep in the recommended 20 minutes, it’s best to get out of bed and engage in a soothing or calming activity. Make sure that you do so in a serene environment without the use of a cell phone or other electronic gadgets. Once you are tired or sleepy then try to fall back asleep. This is the best approach rather than tossing and turning in bed.
Myth: Drinking Alcoholic Beverages Before Bed Improves Sleep
A drink or two occasionally can be relaxing as it induces drowsiness that makes it easier to fall asleep initially. However, the problem is the quality of sleep. Sleep quality declines considerably after the consumption of alcohol. Drinking before bedtime can throw off your sleep cycles. You are more likely to notice that your sleep gets interrupted and it also worsens snoring and sleep apnea.
Myth: Hitting the Snooze Button Can Provide Some Extra Rest Time
While it is very tempting to hit the snooze button on your alarm and get those few extra minutes of sleep, it is highly unlikely to offer any meaningful rest. Fragmented sleep is generally not restorative. Therefore, it is doing you no good or helping you to wake up more refreshed.