Common Myths About Sleep

Do you know that every human spends almost one third of his or her life sleeping. Isn’t it unfortunate that despite spending a significant part of our life sleeping, we don’t realize the importance of sleeping and fall to various myths about sleep? So, why not get accustomed to the real power of your sleep by dispelling some of the most common myths about sleep, described below:

  • It is alright to skip a few hours of sleep
These days a lot of people have less time to spend for themselves thanks to their hectic schedules. Each day, they want to accomplish as much as they can even at the cost of a couple of hours of their sleep. Their common misconception is that it is not going to affect their health at all, which is a completely wrong notion. Although, it is not a big deal to miss a couple of hours of your sleep in your whole lifetime, but it is definitely going to affect you in a big way if you are use to the chronic sleep loss. 
  • As you grow older you successively require less sleep
This misconception is very widespread among many of the myths about sleep, which tries to establish this belief, that as people grow older they no more need the standard hours of sleep. But the thing to be noted here is that the older people use to sleep less not because they don’t need it rather they don’t sleep for ample time due to some illness or different medical conditions. 
  • Sleep is nothing more than a way of giving the rest to the body
Although it can’t be denied that sleep is a natural way of providing the rest to the body, there are many processes within the body that get more or only active during the sleep. Have you ever considered why doctors suggest to the patients to have rest and get ample sleep? This is because the maintenance and the repair mechanism of the body work at its optimum level during the sleep. Even the brain keeps functioning by creating the long-term memories and hence less sleep means an increase in the tendency of forgetting the things.
  • There is no defined pattern or posture of sleeping
Many a person thinks that all that matter is the duration of the sleep and there is no need to worry about the different posture of the body. But the posture of body, while sleeping, is quite a determining factor to know if you are giving your body the proper rest or not. Like, whether you are sleeping on your stomach or on your back. The nature has shaped the human body in a definite way and so there are some definite postures which are better than others while sleeping and it is never going to be beneficial for you if you are sleeping on your stomach.
  • The best duration for the sleep is 8 hours 
Although, 8 hours is close to the best duration for the sleep, it is not perfect. There is a term called REM (rapid eye movement), which allows the deepest and most beneficial sleep only with duration of multiples of 1.5 hours. By following the REM, you can easily calculate that the optimum duration would be 7.5 hours rather than 8 hours. But it should also be taken into notice that the optimum duration for the sleep varies with the age and the life-styles of different individuals.

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