Sleep myths you should really stop believing
At some point in our lives, nearly everyone will have nights where catching some shut-eye isn't so easy.
Yet considering how common sleep issues can be, there are still so many myths out there about how to be properly rested.
Let's break down some of the many misconceptions about sleep:
1. Catching (up on) some ZZZ's
Try as you might, you can't actually make up for lost sleep. So sleeping late on the weekends isn't going to cut it.
There's a reason why you feel groggy Monday morning on four hours of sleep, even though you slept until 1pm the day before.
Scientific research shows that consistently getting about seven hours a night is the best way to go.
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2. No time for catnaps? You must be kitten me
One reason you may be exhausted is you refuse to give in when your body calls for a midday nap. Fear not, napping is not a sign of immaturity or laziness.
Studies show the occasional 25-minute nap can turn your whole day around. So keep calm and nap on. Your body will thank you for it.
3. Don't count on it
We've all heard the old tip: if you can't fall asleep, try counting sheep. But it turns out that's baaaaad advice.
So ditch the sheep or whatever you've been counting. Visualizing a relaxing situation is more helpful.
4. You booze, you lose
Forget about having a nightcap to help you drift off to sleep. Yes, it might make you sleepy, but the rest you're getting isn't the best.
So try getting at least seven hours of sober, quiet sleep as often as you can. And to quote Edward R. Murrow, "Good night, and good luck."