18 Popular Sleeping Myths You Should Never Believe
Many people have problems falling asleep – 45percent of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep affected their daily activities at least once in the past seven days, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Those who report poor quality sleep also report poor quality health.[slideshow:98061]
It’s important to debunk popular myths so you don’t end up hurting yourself, developing insomnia, gaining weight, or being under constant stress without even realizing it. A lot of the sleep “facts” you hear from friends are actually “old wives tales” passed on for generations. Ignorance, in this case, is not bliss.
For an activity that people have been performing for thousands of years, sleep is still a mystery. There is no definitive answer to “why” exactly we need it, but science has proven time and again that people’s overall health suffers greatly without adequate amount of it.
Did you know that counting sheep is actually one of the worst things you can do if you can’t fall asleep? You never want to stay awake in bed if you’re fighting insomnia – ever. Also, insomnia is not just an inability to nod off; it can be a symptom of a sleep disorder or other medical or psychological/psychiatric problem.
Some of what you're doing is probably sabotaging your sleep.