Don’t be fooled by these sleep myths! Don’t be fooled by these sleep myths!
Wake up and learn the truth about sleeping! Rouse yourselves out of the fog of ignorance, and find out the truth about some sleep... Don’t be fooled by these sleep myths!

Wake up and learn the truth about sleeping! Rouse yourselves out of the fog of ignorance, and find out the truth about some sleep “facts” which you’ve been believing all this while.

1. Snoring

You may think snoring is nothing more than a mere inconvenience to the people who are in the same room, but in truth snoring may be a sign of something more insidious than that. Snoring is the first symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a life-threatening disorder caused by the partial or total obstruction of the airways of the sleeping person. Often, the affected person wakes up in the middle of the night gasping for air. This may be a result of obesity or a large neck, and if left untreated, may lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, not to mention the reduced quality of sleep.

2. Teenagers at school

The first thing most people think when they see a teen sleeping in class is that that kid has bad habits or is lazy, which is highly untrue. According to sleep experts, eight to ten hours of sleep each night is optimal for teens, as compared to an average of seven to nine hours each night for adults. Internally, teens are naturally more active during the evening, and less so in the morning. Furthermore, with the piles of assignments to be completed, it’s no wonder students aren’t getting enough sleep. Also, as schools mostly have lessons in the morning, when most teens still require sleep, many teens remain in a sleepy state through the school hours, and are unable to take in much information.

3. Temperature

Many have heard that sleeping in a warm room will help you sleep faster and more soundly. However, this is decidedly incorrect. The perfect temperature, according to the National Sleep Foundation, is between 54 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, which is between 12 and 23 degrees Celsius. This supposed helps your body temperature to cool down and causes your sleep cycle to begin.

4. Insomnia

Not being able to sleep and waking up halfway while you’re asleep are both symptoms of insomnia. When that happens, it is advisable to stay in bed for at most 15-20 minutes, and if you’re still unable to sleep, then you should get out of bed and do some light activities such as reading. However, stay away from using electronic devices as this will only hinder you from sleeping.

5. Health problems are unrelated to the amount and quality of sleep

You might venture to think that your sleeping habits do not have a lasting effect on your health in terms of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and depression. Well, you’d be sorely mistaken if you thought that, as studies have shown that there is a correlation between the quantity and quality of one’s sleep and many health problems. For example, the lack of sleep affects growth hormone secretion, which is linked to obesity. The lesser hormones secreted, the more likely the chance of obesity. The lack of sleep also affects blood pressure and how our bodies use insulin, which in turn causes diabetes or hypertension.

6. Your brain rests during sleep

The body rests during sleep, however, the brain remains active, gets “recharged,” and still controls many body functions including breathing. When we sleep, we typically drift between REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM, in 90-minute cycles. Non-REM sleep has four stages with distinct features, ranging from stage one drowsiness, when one can be easily awakened, to “deep sleep” stages three and four, when awakenings are more difficult and where the most positive and restorative effects of sleep occur. However, even in the deepest non-REM sleep, our minds can still process information. REM sleep is an active sleep where dreams occur, breathing and heart rate increase and become irregular, muscles relax and eyes move back and forth under the eyelids.

Wayne Chan

An idealist at heart, Wayne struggles to reconcile the world in his mind and the world at large. Still, he's not going to let his internal strife stop him from positively impacting the world!

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