Sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle and strong athletic performance. It improves your emotional health, your mood, and your physical health. But for all that, sleep has remained elusive. Most of us don’t know much about sleep patterns or how to optimize our sleep. Here are five common myths about sleep that you should be aware of.
You Can Catch Up on Sleep
You can’t barter with sleep. If you have thin hours of sleep during the week you can’t catch up by sleeping in at the weekends. The damage will already be done. With sleep, consistency is key.
Age Reduces the Need to Sleep
Many people think that the older they get the less important it is that they get a full 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Actually, the body continues to require the same amounts of sleep throughout your life.
Afternoon Naps Affect Your Night’s Sleep
A short 15-20 minute nap around midday will not affect your night’s sleep and will make you more alert and productive in the afternoon.
Alcohol Can Help Sleep
While a few glasses of wine before bed can help you to fall asleep quicker it will reduce the quality of your sleep.
Evening Exercise Disrupts Sleep
Exercising in the evening won’t disrupt your night’s sleep, it might actually improve it.