Top 10 Facts About Sleep

Myth: The afternoon nap is a loss of time

Fact: If you are tired, nothing can refresh you better than afternoon nap. Of course, it can not compensate for a short sleep at night, but will restore energy and be able to smoothly end the day. The only thing to look out for a nap is that it should not last more than 45 minutes, because then you will feel sleepy.

Myth: If you can not sleep lying until you reconsider

Fact: There are rare nights when you put your head on a pillow and immediately sank into a deep sleep. Increasingly, people are struggling to sleep due to stress, anxiety and problems they face daily. When you can not sleep, it is good to lay 15-20 minutes maximum to relax. But if you continue to dream away,you will become out of bed and you will be upset and frustrated. Experts advise in that case to become from the bed and to listen to relaxing music or reading a book. When you feel that your eyes “fall”, go back to bed.

Myth: Everyone needs to sleep for 8 hours a day

Fact: 8 is not magical, but the average number of hours required for a person to get sleep and can function normally. Though Thomas Edison slept for 4 hours and Bill Clinton claim sleep of 4-5 hours is enough, it is unlikely that you and another part of people who can sleep less and work normally without hampering their health. Scientists estimate that only 10% of people are “programmed” to sleep more or less than the recommended 7-8 hours. To find out who is your magic number, pick a day where you feel fresh and energized and remember what time you slept the night before. Or one night sleep 9 hours every day and then diminish after 15 minutes of sleep and observe how you feel. So you can easily find how many hours sleep you find necessary.

Myth: During the weekend you can compensate for lack of sleep during the week

Fact: Most people eagerly wait for the weekend to come so they can sleep more in order to compensate for the few hours spent in bed during the working week. Although small scale can compensate for unsleeping during other days, scientists do not recommend sleeping late on weekends. “The body loves consistency” – says sleep expert Robert Stikgold (Harvard), which long sleep on weekends calls “sleep bulimia”. In order not to expose the body of stress and constantly changing cycle of sleep, experts recommend every day to and it lies at the same time, even during the weekend.

Myth: Exercise before going to sleep and you will sleep better

Fact: Exercise will really help you sleep better, but only if you practice at least 3 hours before bedtime. Otherwise, exercise will make to start to struggling to sleep. The reason for this is that exercise warms the body and it is easier to fall asleep if your body has low body temperature. After exercise, it is passing around 6 hours for the body to regain normal temperature. That’s why experts recommend that you exercise in the morning or afternoon, but not at night.