I searched the internet to see what sleep-related myths are out there, and it turns out there are many when it comes to sleeping. (It also turns out that many authors like to plagiarize each other, which is a totally different story - but shame on those that do!) I noticed there were definitely myths that popped up more often than others, so here is a shortlist of some of the more common sleep myths that I came across.
Myths About Sleep
MYTH: Your snoring isn’t harmful
Snoring can often be a sign of sleep apnea, allergies, or other serious medical conditions. If you snore, you should check with your doctor to determine if there is an underlying problem causing your snoring.
MYTH: You should have a glass of wine to help you sleep
As I wrote in a previous blog, though on occasion small amounts of alcohol might be helpful, generally speaking, it is a bad idea to rely on alcohol to help one sleep. Alcohol’s negative impacts include that it can dehydrate you, make you have to urinate more frequently throughout the evening, and it can also cause snoring.
MYTH: You need less sleep as you get older
Though everyone has a different amount of sleep that they need to feel refreshed, most people need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, and this number does not go down as you get older. Things such as the medications we take and possible health conditions that we have developed over the years might affect how well we sleep. Just because we might not be able to sleep as well or as long as when we were younger does not mean that we don’t actually need the sleep.
MYTH: You should stay in bed until you fall asleep
There are lots of things you can do when you can’t sleep, but something you definitely should not do is stay in bed and stare at the ceiling. Staying in bed and thinking about how you aren’t sleeping only causes stress and anxiety. Instead of laying there, get out of your bed and occupy yourself with something else for a little bit until you are ready again to try to fall asleep.
MYTH: You should play on your computer to wind down at night
Computers, tablets, and smartphones emit a type of blue light that is not good for sleep. Additionally, if you are using technology before bedtime, you might be overstimulating your mind which is not conducive to sleeping.
As you can see, I have provided links to previous blog posts where I touched on each of these myths in one way or another. These blogs have lots of tips and tricks to help you get better sleep. Remember, at Lavender & Chamomile, our goal is to help you to get your best sleep - and that’s no myth!