Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before you know it, and — believe it or not — several truths, half-truths, and myths about sleeping and comfort have a whole lot to do with the holidays. Whether you’re having problems sleeping at night this winter or year-round, here are a few holiday-inspired sleeping facts and myths to think about.
The Truth About Tryptophan
It is pretty much a guarantee that at least one (if not several) friends and relatives will say that the tryptophan in Thanksgiving turkey has tired them out. But is this true? First of all, tryptophan is an amino acid, and — yes, there’s a lot of it in turkey (and a considerable amount eggs, cheese, and other poultry as well). WebMD puts it plainly: “It’s a myth that eating foods high in tryptophan boosts brain levels of tryptophan and therefore brain levels of serotonin.”
Is The Infamous Night Cap A Myth?
In other words, just how much eggnog can you have while chalking it up to promoting good health and a good night’s sleep? Unfortunately, you may want to take it easy on wine, spirits, and eggnog this Thanksgiving and Christmas, particularly if you need to be up early the next day. Why? Your uncle’s well-meaning assertion that a bit of eggnog/whiskey, etc. will help you nod off is only partially true. Researchers confirm that it will help you fall asleep initially, but people who drink a little too much before bed are much more likely to wake up and/or toss and turn, instead of sleeping all night.
Should You Have Adjustable Beds On Your Christmas List?
Back pain is a huge problem — and 80 to 90% of Americans suffer from it. Unfortunately, being in pain isn’t the only problem; studies show that chronic pain, such as persistent back pain, can also lead to sleeping disorders, such as insomnia. If you are having trouble sleeping at night or you continually fall asleep in the recliner because it’s more comfortable, it may be worth it to put electric or luxury adjustable beds on your Christmas list. Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds, for example, are available with optional heat and soothing massage that may provide temporary relief from low back pain, poor circulation, edema and swelling of the legs, mild arthritis, or just poor sleep. The brand has been around for more than 40 years, and Craftmatic® has sold more than 40,000 adjustable beds.
You are going to hear a lot of things about sleep and sleep comfort over the holidays. Know what is true, what is kind of true, and what is simply not true.