If you find yourself unable to sleep or simply not getting the quality sleep that you think you deserve then stand up and take a bow. You are among 30 percent of Americans with some form of sleep problem that both the sandman and late night tacos can’t resolve. Many people today suffer from severe sleep problems, but,with the right motivation and technique anyone can improve their slumber situation.
Of course some skeptics reading this might say “But I’ve literally tried everything”; and sadly that might just be the problem. Often times we find ourselves aimlessly following amateur advice, succumbing to the myths; and doing all the wrong things – and as a result our sleep schedules suffer greatly.
Myth #1 – Eight hours of sleep is mandatory
Here’s an interesting exercise that you can carry out if you so choose: Ask ten random people that you interact with tomorrow how much sleep is the right amount of sleep. On average, eight out of ten of them will say eight hours of sleep; the other two may say “I dunno” or take a wild guess.
Truth be told, there actually is no globally fixed answer for this question, considering the optimal amount of sleep may vary from person to person. Many experts will of course recommend that any healthy individual try to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep; this answer is based in averages and the fact that it is simply the easy answer to give. However, in actuality, finding the correct duration of sleep that is right for you and your body is honestly going to come down to simple trial and error.
If you are constantly getting seven hours of sleep and yet you find yourself getting fatigued before your day is halfway over then you may need to go to sleep a bit earlier in the future. In contrast, if you follow a strict regimen of eight hours of sleep every night but have frequent problems sleeping, your mind might be trying to tell you that you’re spending too much time in bed. Our sleep habits and sleep schedules should be constantly revised as we go through life changes.
Myth #2 – Sleep lost on weekdays can be added back on the weekend
This seems logical enough. If I miss a couple hours of sleep tonight then I’ll just sleep a little longer tomorrow to make up for it – it should all balance out, right? This is only true in that it is a short term fix of sorts. You can double up on your sleep to make up for the night before; however, you cannot simply make up for sleep that you have lost over prolonged periods of time. The damage caused by all those all-nighters can’t be miraculously fixed now.
Likewise, neglecting to sleep on weekdays and trying to make amends on the weekend is probably a little too late. The sleep deprivation has most likely already made you: short-tempered, skip breakfast and miss an important announcement at work because it’s hard to focus. No amount of sleep you get the next day will compensate damage that you’ve already caused today. Disrupting your sleep pattern will not make matters any better as well.
Myth #3 – Snoring is perfectly normal and not an issue
Approximately 45 percent of Americans snore on occasion while trying to get a good night’s rest. With such a large percentage of people snoring one might think that the occurrence should be rather harmless, the truth is quite the opposite. Individuals who snore may do so as a telltale sign of possible obstructive sleep apnea – this refers to when their airway is blocked or collapses while sleeping. Sometime these pauses are just mere seconds long, and sometimes they can cause abrupt awakenings accompanied by uncontrollable gasping and wheezing for air.
If that wasn’t scary enough, it has been documented, by the National Sleep Foundation, that irregular breathing patterns can influence a direct increase in stress placed on the heart and higher chances of cardiac diseases. Snoring and its related issues are not bound by age and should be reported on first notice.
Myth #4 – I Can’t Get Any Sleep Because I’m An Insomniac
If you are one of the several people saying this they your pants are almost certainly on fire; because whether you believe it or know it, that is a lie. If you are cognitive enough to be reading this article, then you’ve been spending enough time with your pillow at nights. If you did not, you would have to be a medical prodigy, a “living” zombie…, or worst.Despite what you may have heard or read, an insomniac is any individual who doesn’t get the quality of sleep that their body and mind desire.
Countless doctors and sleep experts can attest to hearing their patients claim that they NEVER get any sleep or that they are somehow only getting an hour of sleep every night – superhuman feats to say the least. These claims are not true and sadly many people delude themselves into believing these statements about themselves, causing far more harm in the process.
Myth #5 – If you wake up in the middle of the night, remain in bed and go back to sleep
Many people find themselves awake in the middle of the night, desperate to get a good nights rest. If this sounds like one of your previous experience, then you may have defaulted to counting cows, sheep, pigs or other farm animals while in bed. Luckily, the National Sleep Foundation has done some research to assist individuals with these sleep patterns. Base on the research if you find yourself in a situation such as this then actually getting out of bed might be the best course of action.
If you feel exasperated and upset because you can’t seem to rest at nights, your best option is to rush out of bed and find something to occupy your time (read a book, exercise, watch television). By changing your environment you are putting your mind at ease and allowing your brain to go back into “sleep mode”. Better yet, can try remodeling your sleep lair; changing the position of your bed and darkening the room are a couple tips that can make a huge difference.
Myth #6 – Leaving windows open and playing music loudly will help you to stay awake in the car.
No, no, no, no. no. This absolutely not true. In fact, it is a highly dangerous and reckless thing to do. A Research published by the National Sleep Foundation has found that none of these things (in fact nothing at all) can effectively counteract drowsiness while driving to a point where you are not putting lives at risk – that is, nothing except sleep of course.
Whenever your brain gets too tired certain part begin to systematically slow down and shut down. If you discover that, you have problems staying cognitive and alert behind the wheel then do the responsible thing: let someone else take over or pull over and get some well needed rest. You not only owe it to yourself but you also owe it to other motorists; and pedestrians on the road.