Sleep Myths

Despite the fact that humans spend one-third of their life sleeping, sleep still remains an unsolved mystery. We all know the fact that sleep plays a key role in maintaining the emotional and physical health of an individual. A night of bad sleep means actually much more than waking up all scratchy and grumpy. Chronic sleep deprivation can make an individual prone to serious physical and emotional health problems. Sleep scientists and healthcare professionals are working tirelessly to create sleep awareness among the masses. But old beliefs believes and grand ma’s sleep myths are getting in their way. Here are the most common and damaging sleep myths you need to get rid of:
Adults require five or less of sleep to maintain good health:

Well, this is the most dangerous sleep myth which is affecting the lives of millions of adults. Habitual sleep deprivation can lead to diverse and far-reaching health effects. Sleep deprivation can increase the risk of catching heart problems. It increases the risk of hypertension, heart attack, depression, and diabetes. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends sleep of at least 7 hours for good health

Day time drowsiness is usually due to lack of sleep:

Sleep during the day time is usually categorized under sleep deprivation. Well, its necessarily not true. Day time drowsiness even after having ample sleep of seven hours can be due to some underlying medical condition or sleep disorder such as narcolepsy. It can prove to be dangerous and can put the person at risk of drowsy driving, performance issues, mental health problems, etc.

Sleep just affects the brain’s activity:

Many of the scientists and healthcare professionals believed the fact that sleep has a direct impact on the brain’s activity. However, it's true but not entirely. Yes, it’s true that sleep restores brain processes and is actually produced by the brain. But the latest research and studies say that sleep not only affects brain health but also has a direct impact on the health of all body organs.

Snoring is normal:

Our grandma may consider snoring a common sleeping condition that usually happens when one is super tired or having a very deep sleep; you don’t really have to believe it. Snoring is the start of a serious sleep condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person experiences breathing pauses or shallow causing sleep disturbance and drops the oxygen level in the blood. The condition gain severity due to obesity, tonsils, head, and neck odd positioning and aging.

Brain rests while asleep:

It’s a false belief. All our body organs rest while asleep, however, the brain remains active and recharges itself for better absorption of newer information. Sleeping is a transition between Rapid Eye Movement (REM) to Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) stages. Where NREM sleep is about the body, REM sleep is all about the brain. During REM the body remains inactive however the brain stays active. Actually, your body is practically paralyzed during this stage. Most of the dreaming happens during this stage making your eyeballs move rapidly under the lids.

Sleep Myths are the biggest contributors to sleep disorders. Get your sleep facts straight to lead a healthy life.