There are many common misconceptions when it come to sleep. It is important to know the facts. Why do we need to to address some of these myths? Because it is all about your health. When you live a healthy lifestyle you are are more likely to live a happy and meaningful life. So let's get to it...
Sleep Myth #1: I can trick my body into functioning on less sleep.
I remember those college days when when midterms were fast approaching and I thought I could trade sleep for study. The fact is that most adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep to properly perform. It would have been in my best interest to get the sleep that I needed before the test. Who would've thought sleep may pay off more than study.
Sleep Myth #2: I can keep driving. I just need to turn up the radio and suck it up.
If you are driving and feeling drowsy, the best thing to do is to pull over. Rolling down the window, or turning up the music are generally ineffective. The decision to pull over could be the difference of life and death. Don’t take the chance. Pull over, take a quick 30 minute nap and get back on the road. If you are planning a long trip, the best thing you can do is get the rest you need the night before.
Sleep Myth #3: Ton’s of people snore. I don’t need to see a Doctor.
Snoring could be a symptom of a larger problem. It can be a symptom of Sleep Apnea. People with Sleep Apnea struggle to breath at night. It can also increase the risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease. If you snore and you feel tired during the day, It best to consult a physician or sleep professional.
Take these couple of sleep myths into consideration. If you have other questions or concerns about your sleep, don’t be afraid to to seek medical advice. Your sleep health is one of the most important things that you need to consider.
Snoring is more than just a nuisance—it disrupts the sleep habits and lives of 90 million American adults and their partners. That's why we set out in 2003 to restore sleep and help as many people as possible live happier, healthier lives.