SLEEP BETTER: HERE ARE THE 6 MOST COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SLEEP
Who doesn’t like to sleep? Quality sleep is essential if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle and be in good shape, both physically and mentally. Although about a third of our life is spent sleeping, sleep and its mechanisms are not always well understood. There are still a lot of misconceptions going around that, if you follow them, could affect the quality of your night’s rest. In this article we go back to 6 received ideas that are still too common, in order to help you sleep better and especially so that you have more energy throughout your days!
MISCONCEPTION N ° 1: THE OLDER I GET THE LESS I SLEEP
Do the housework, take care of the children, perform well in the office …
As we mature, we often have to take on more responsibilities in daily life, whether at home or at work. And it does seem like we sacrifice our hours of sleep first, so we can complete all the tasks and activities of our busy daily schedule.
Obviously, there is not an ideal number of hours of sleep that would suit everyone. But adults should get 7-9 hours of sleep a night to get restful sleep. (1) If you are feeling cranky or low in energy, don’t bother – it’s probably lack of sleep.
MISCONCEPTION N ° 2: I CAN MAKE UP FOR THE HOURS OF SLEEP
In fact, catching up with a sleep deficit is not that easy. And it is often difficult to manage our busy lives with just a few hours of sleep a night during the week. Naturally, we tend to believe that it is possible to balance things out when the weekend arrives. Unfortunately, trying to make up for it by sleeping longer on the weekend is not good, and does not provide your body with all the benefits one might expect .
Try to stick to regular sleep schedules, as this has a big impact on your health. Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain but also an increased risk of chronic diseases.
MISCONCEPTION N ° 3: A NAP PREVENTS YOU FROM SLEEPING AT NIGHT
Most people experience drowsiness after eating lunch. This is completely normal and corresponds to a drop in the circadian rhythm at this time of day.
Your naps should be short (around 15 to 20 minutes) … hence the name micro-nap. So it will not affect your sleep during the night. (3) In addition, you will feel more relaxed and your energy will be boosted to finish the day.
MISCONCEPTION N ° 4: I SLEEP BETTER AFTER DRINKING A GLASS OF WINE
While alcohol makes you tired and can make you sleepy faster, it can also disrupt your sleep and keep you awake at night.
Instead, try having your last drink an hour or two before bed to give the alcohol time to dissipate. You will feel more rested in the morning.
MISCONCEPTION N ° 5: I CHECK MY PHONE ONE LAST TIME BEFORE GOING TO BED TO RELAX
If you check your email and social media feeds before going to bed, your brain will have a hard time “logging out” and it will be difficult for you to relax and fall asleep easily. Studies show that the use of electronic devices or smartphones before bedtime generally leads to a reduction in the number of hours of sleep but also a decrease in its quality.
Take time to relax in the evening. Stay away from your screen, if possible two hours before going to sleep. If the temptation is really too strong, leave your mobile outside the bedroom.
MISCONCEPTION N ° 6: DOING SPORT AT NIGHT PREVENTS SLEEP
According to a recent study, exercising in the evening may not necessarily be negative for your sleep… it could even improve it !If you think you are experiencing the effects described above, then decrease the intensity of your workout or evening run a little.