The most common and natural occurrence we experience might turn out to be something we don’t know much about. At least, not as much as we do. We’ve collated facts and myths about sleep, such as being mindful about lighting. Or using earplugs to shut out noise. Read on to find out whether they are fact or myth.
Earplugs: Myths About Sleep
Sleep can be compensated for. Nope. This is an utterly false statement. If you have minimal sleep and try to “oversleep” the next night, that won’t do you any good. You won’t gain back the hours you were supposed to be resting. Plus, you’ll wake up feeling more tired than you were the day before.
The only solution to lack of sleep? Hit the sack for the right number of hours tonight.
At the same time, you cannot “save up” on sleep. The opposite of what’s mentioned above. Oversleeping tonight won’t mean your body will be able to recover if you sleep less tomorrow. It simply doesn’t work that way.
Snoring is natural to anybody and it shouldn’t worry you. Part of that sentence is true. To most, snoring IS something common. It could come from the position you’re on when lying down which puts stress in the way you breathe. Nasal congestion is another.
However, snoring can also be a symptom of something serious. Its frequency may tell you a bit more as frequent snoring could be a sign of hypertension. It’s always best to consult your physician to be certain.
More Myths About Sleep
Napping in the daytime is the result of not getting enough sleep. Okay, for this, it could very well be the reason for some. Sleepless nights will leave you tired and sleepy the day after, it’s easy to doze off at any given moment. It could also be a result of stress and fatigue, despite having slept full hours the night before.
On the other hand, if this happens often and at long intervals, then its best to get a consultation from your doctor. This might be a manifestation of sleep apnea or other related disorders, which can cause harm to yourself. For instance, excessive daytime sleeping may mean you’re running errands and then your body decides to take a snooze. When driving and doing other related activities, this is a red light.
Your brain shuts down when you snooze. Not at all. Maybe in ancient Earth, this was what was believed. But today, more and more pieces of evidence reveal that the brain remains active even during this state. In fact, there are some brain activities that function IN sleep than when we are awake.
The number of hours we sleep is lessened as we age. Or vice versa. Scientists have said that they don’t change. Whether young or old, our bodies will always need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Our activity patterns and naps in between may change the duration of which we sleep. However, the general amount of rest needed should remain the same.