We spend a third of our lives doing it, but how much do you reeeally know about sleep?
We debunk six common sleep myths:
1. Myth: Your brain rests while you are sleeping.
Your body rests while you are sleeping to restore and recharge for when you wake up while your brain is very active controlling bodily functions like breathing and also dreaming, clearing waste from the brain and supporting learning and memory.
2. Myth: If you can’t fall asleep or you wake up in the middle of the night, the best thing to do is stay in bed and keep trying.
If you’re having trouble sleeping and you’ve been trying with no success for more than an hour, the best thing to do is to get up and go to another room rather than remaining in bed becoming more and more frustrated. Try sitting up reading or listening to a mindful meditation podcast or recording, and then heading back to bed in a half hour or so or when you feel your eyes getting heavy.
3. Myth: A supportive and comfortable mattress is a luxury, not a necessity.
What you’re sleeping on directly affects your quality of sleep, so it’s very important to have the right mattress for your individual needs and sleep preferences. An uncomfortable mattress can cause many a sleepless night and leave you waking up in pain and not at all refreshed. To get the restorative benefits of sleep that you need, make sure you have a good quality mattress.
4. Myth: If you get less sleep, going into work early in the morning and staying late in the evening, you will be more successful.
In almost every case, simply being at work will not make you successful. If you go to work at the appropriate time while being well rested, you will have improved cognitive ability, more patience and better physical and mental health; all major contributors to success.
5. Myth: A little bit of booze will help you snooze.
It may help you fall asleep, but it compromises the quality of sleep you are getting because, rather than getting the rest your body needs, your body then has to metabolize the alcohol, essentially working overtime and resting much less or not at all.
6. Myth: Never wake up a sleepwalker.
Although a sleepwalker can be quite startled when woken up (imagine how it must feel to wake up in a strange place), it’s very important to wake them because they can easily hurt themselves by wandering into somewhere they shouldn’t or even taking a tumble down the stairs. The best practice here is to wake them gently and stay with them until they have gotten their bearings so they can return to bed safely.
Sleepenvie is a Toronto-based online mattress-in-a-box and bedroom lifestyle brand that focuses on customization, convenience, and charitable contribution.
We make the mattress-buying process easy by delivering it directly to your door in one easy-to-handle compact box. We strongly believe in customizability, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. An easy one-minute quiz matches you to the ideal mattress for your lifestyle and sleep habits.