Sleep Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction - Real vs. Non Real

Donna.Begg By Donna.Begg, 13th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are many facts about sleep, but the truth is, there are probably as many myths as there are facts. It is crucial to separate the sleep facts from what people think is fact and isn't really. Myths are just that and they should remain just that.

Sleep Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction - Real vs. Non Real

There are many facts about sleep, but the truth is, there are probably as many myths as there are facts. Therefore, it is important to separate the truth from the misconceptions, as these misconceptions are often accepted as truth even if they aren't exactly proven to be true.

How many hours of sleep are good enough for good health actually?

The amount of hours each person does need for sleep is something that is very dependent on each of them and what they are comfortable with getting overall. Some people can get fine by five or six hours each night. Others it may be eight hours. How much sleep you require goes according to you and your system. So, with this said, eight is usually highly recommended, but some people get by just fine with less than 8 or more than 8 in some cases. Our sleep numbers are very different one from the other. Anything between five and twelve hours is now acceptable as good sleeping hours.

Do people need less sleep with age?

People often do get less sleep as they get older. However, this is just a myth, because it is dependent on the person and if they do have some form of insomnia or other sleep disorder that they may not know that they have. Sleep disorders can mess up not only a person's sleeping life but also, their daily life if they allow it to. Therefore, do people need less sleep with age, the answer is dependent on the person in particular and if they have a sleep disorder or nor. However, people who are older, are no different from people who are younger in some respects.

Will exercise help to put you to sleep?

People who do exercise regularly do indeed a whole lot better than those who don't. This is because exercise makes one feel alive, energetic, and it has lots of natural benefits attached to it on all fronts. However, it is not recommended to do any form of strenuous exercise before bed, as it can actually raise up the core temperature of your body and this can interfere with sleep. So, if you are going to exercise, do it several hours before you crawl between the sheets for nighty night?

Does everyone need eight hours of sleep or what?

Each of do have our own internal body clock. We sleep around what does suit us the best. It used to be traditional to at least get 8 hours per night of sleep daily. However, that has changed, and now the acceptable hours for sleeping are between five and twelve hours. So, with this said, sleeping hours now do tend to vary greatly from one person to another and depending on what they can restfully get by with on their own.

Can you make up for lost sleep on weekends?

Lost sleep is not something you can ever make up. This is because when you lose it. It is indeed gone. However, you can sleep later on weekends, if only because you are tired and do genuinely need the extra rest. Why try to make up for something that cannot be replaced? It doesn't make any sense and you will only be cheating your sleeping life by trying to make up for what you have already lost. The best plan of action is to make a better bedtime sleeping plan for yourself and to get more rest than try to play catch up. You will fail every time. You will also be very tired the same as before.

Does watching TV actually help you fall asleep or not?

Some people do like to have the background noise of the television going on while they are falling asleep. However, it is not recommended to leave a television on when you are in bed, and trying to doze off to sleep. The lighting of the television itself and the changing volume can create difficulty in allowing a person to stay sound asleep and this can cause them to wake up in the middle of the night.

Conclusion

It is crucial to separate the sleep facts from what people think is fact and isn't really. Myths are just that and they should remain just that. We should only rely on facts when it comes to having good sleep health that is designed for us in mind.

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Sleep, Sleep Disorder, Sleep Problem, Sleeping Time, Sleepless Nights

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Donna Begg is the website admin of ConsumerHealthDigest.com. She has been awarded with the MD and Doctor of Public Health, a multi-disciplinary professional degrees. She had worked across the globe...

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author avatar snerfu
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Sleep indeed is wonderful (Mom disagrees, if I mentioned it before) and watching the television in sleep mode has lots of benefits too.

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