Consistent sleep is important for keeping you healthy and active. Sometimes, you may have difficulty sleeping, and in such situations, you might be thinking of trying certain sleep myths to fall asleep. However, sleep myths won’t help, as they are not real.
Here are some common sleep myths debunked.
Turning on Car AC Can Help You Stay Awake While Driving
Turning on the ac would not help you stay awake, and driving in such a state can put you and others at risk. If you feel sleepy while driving, stop the car and take a short nap.
Your Brain Rests When You Sleep
Your body may rest when you sleep. Your brain continues to remain active and control all the body functions.
If you cannot sleep for more than 20 minutes, engage in some relaxing activities such as meditation, yoga, and listening to music. This will relax your mind and help you fall asleep.
Sleepwalking and Dreaming
You might have been told not to wake up sleepwalkers. However, it is better to wake them up and guide them to bed. Also, dreams are not an indication of deep sleep since dreams are more clear during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle, which is the lighter sleep cycle.
Sleeping Extra Can Compensate Lost Sleep
Assuming that you can make up for lost sleep is as big a myth as thinking that you swallow spiders while sleeping.
Remember, sleeping extra during your holidays won’t help you compensate for the lost sleep. You need to maintain a regular sleep-wake schedule every day, which is important for your overall health.
Alcohol Improves Sleep Quality and Cheese Causes Nightmares
Consuming alcohol before bed can impact your sleep quality and will increase the number of times you wake up. Also, cheese contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps produce the sleep-aiding hormone, serotonin. There is no evidence of whether it causes nightmares, but it helps you sleep faster.
Snoring Is Harmless
Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder. If you snore when you sleep, you need to visit the doctor immediately. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder and can cause breathing interruptions.
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