We all have our own opinions about which approaches to getting a good night’s sleep really do work and which don’t. Whilst some are convinced that spraying lavender scent on the pillow will help them get straight off to sleep, others believe that simply avoiding cheese before bed will be all it takes to get their full night’s quota of quality shut-eye.
Many of these old wives tales and myths may actually help individuals to get more rest by acting as a placebo and in turn aiding relaxation, whilst others will have no effect whatsoever. However, there are certain sleeping myths which may be actually having a detrimental effect on how rested one feels on a daily basis.
At Adjustamatic Beds, we know a thing or two about sleeping, and have a range of specialist beds to help individuals get the best possible night’s sleep. Below, we take a look at some common sleep myths which could be ruining your chances of waking up feeling totally refreshed.
1. Not everyone needs the same amount of sleep
Whilst babies and young children may indeed need a different amount of rest to their parents, almost all adults will need a similar amount of sleep. Experts generally agree that around 7 hours is the optimum amount of time to spend sleeping each night, with those regularly sleeping less than 6 or above 8 hours likely to run into serious health problems or experience long-term cognitive decline.
2. It’s the average that counts
Many people don’t just burn the candle at both ends but instead set the whole thing on fire, feeling that getting little sleep throughout the week can easily be balanced by lengthy catch-up naps at a later date. In reality though, it is not a give and take thing, and rather than evening out a lack of sleep by getting too much at other times, individuals will actually be doing extra damage to their bodies and cognitive functions by bingeing later.
3. You snooze, you win
Many people think that snoozing is a healthy way to wake up. However, if you constantly feel the need to doze off again after the alarm goes off then there is a good chance that you are not getting enough sleep. Hitting snooze is likely to make you less alert and less productive by fragmenting the extra sleep that you do get and interrupting this new cycle of slumber.
4. You should fight the urge to nap
Whilst napping is not going to replace the healthy sleep you get at night, if you are literally fighting to stay awake it cannot hurt to recharge those batteries. Rather than avoiding naps, what will be important is getting the timing right. Try to aim for around half an hour to ensure you awake alert and fresh and try not to take naps later on in the day or they may indeed make it harder for you to drift off come bedtime.
5. You need medicinal help for insomnia
Sleeping tablets are not only a last resort, but they should also only ever be a very short-term solution. Instead, those with insomnia or any other form of sleep condition should look at changing their sleeping environment and sleeping habits. From how one winds down before bed and the type of bed they have right through to how noisy or bright their room is, there are many things that could serve to disturb insomniacs during the night; even sleeping next to a partner can be detrimental for those who only sleep lightly. By finding the right bed, removing external distractions, winding down effectively and considering switching a double bed for two singles, individuals may find they can get perfectly healthy sleep without any medicinal help whatsoever.