This week the popular LifeHacker blog published a report on common myths, half-truths, and outright lies surrounding our sleep hygiene. The feature raised a number of important concerns about sleep quality, but only revealed the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sleep myths.
We may very well be living through the most sleep-deprived generation in American history, with record numbers of Americans getting less than the seven to nine hours of recommended amount of sleep each night. Poor sleep hygiene doesn’t just lead to some grumpy people come Monday morning. The Harvard Medical School recently published a study that found as many as one in four American workers has some degree of insomnia, and lack of sleep costs employers $63 billion in lost productivity every year.
So if you find yourself yawning a little more than usual, make sure you aren’t falling for one of these common myths about sleep quality.
Myth #1: I’ll Just Catch up on Sleep this Weekend
Wrong. In fact, there’s really no such thing as “catching up” on sleep. In fact, this attitude could just destroy any chance you have of developing a sleep routine, which will lead to less sleep and more fatigue in the long run.
According to LifeHacker, “When we lose sleep during the week, we accumulate a kind of sleep ‘debt.’ Think you can pay that debt back by sleeping in on Saturday and/or Sunday? Not so fast. This might actually make you sleepier the next week. Instead of waking up later on the weekends, you’re better off going to sleep earlier or perhaps taking a nap in the afternoon.”
Myth #2: I Just Need Six Hours of Sleep
While there’s no perfect amount of sleep for everyone, six hours is not an adequate amount of sleep for the majority of people. Yet countless Americans only schedule six hours or less for sleep each night.
In a 2011 survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of us sleep less than seven hours per night. Not only that, but the CDC says 50 to 70 million Americans meet the criteria for chronic sleep or wakefulness disorders.
Myth #3: I Can Fall Asleep Anywhere!
While you might have no problem falling asleep on an airplane, or even during particularly long meetings at work, your sleep quality could still be very poor. Even though the average person spends 3,000 hours on their mattress every year, far too many people make do with inferior beds. If you’re looking for a more comfortable bed, then it’s time to consider adjustable beds instead.
According to ConsumerAffairs.com, where customers rated Craftmatic® Brand Adjustable Bed the #1 Best Adjustable Bed. Adjustable bed systems help sleepers find more comfortable positions.
“Adjustable beds are designed to let you elevate your head or your feet depending on what type of position is most comfortable for your body. They can help create comfortable positions for watching television, sleeping or resting, and recovering from surgery. Adjustable beds are available in a variety of sizes and designs so it’s important to choose the right one for your particular needs.”
Myth #4: I’ll Just Hit Snooze One More Time…
Why is this a myth? Be honest, you aren’t going to hit snooze just once. And no matter how good it feels in the moment, if you are hitting the snooze button, you may not be getting a good night’s rest.