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Five Myths Surrounding Sleep

December 22, 2015


Myths About Sleep

There are numerous misconceptions surrounding beds, mattresses and the amount of sleep your body requires, but with so many misconceptions floating around we often don’t know when to sleep, how long to sleep for, or why sleep is so important. If this is the case, don’t fear! As long as your bed is comfortable and your mattress provides the right amount of support, our five myths about sleep will highlight just how much to have and what it’s intended for.

1. Myth: You need less sleep as you get older

Although this may be wonderful if it were true, unfortunately it isn’t. In reality older people do tend to sleep less as they get older, but this is usually owing to sleep disorders and insomnia. Studies have shown that older people are not able to fall into a deep sleep, although the amount of sleep that the body needs doesn’t change much.

2. Myth: Sleeping late on weekends makes up for sleep lost in the week

We all love to spend our Saturday and Sunday mornings snuggling up in a cosy bed, and although this does help us to regenerate after a busy week it is not entirely the solution. Most people don’t need the extra sleep on the weekend, but choose to do so as they have the time and they enjoy it.

3. Myth: To sleep is to rest

Rest is not only acquired during sleep, but also by relaxing on the couch or by lying outside. In reality sleep allows us to enter into an even deeper state of relaxation, during which the memory is able to consolidate and body tissues are able to regenerate. In other words, while you rest your brain and body are working hard at replenishing all that was used, learned, harmed, or exhausted during the day.

4. Myth: Snoring is a common problem and it isn’t harmful

Snoring may be harmless to most people, but it can also be a symptom of a life threatening sleep condition called sleep apnea. This condition is characterised by pauses in the breath, which prevents air from flowing in or out of the lungs. These sleepers often wake up suddenly during the night gasping for breath.

5. Myth: You can cheat on the amount of sleep you get

Studies show that most adults require seven to nine hours of sleep every night in order to maintain their health, safety and performance during the day. Sleep deprivation has been linked to health problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure, safety issues at home, negative moods or behaviours, decreased productivity and dangerous driving.


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