Five sleep myths
Sleep is healthiest before midnight – at least that’s what many people think. There are quite a few myths about sleep out there. But are they true? We did a bit of checking for you and have the facts.
Types of sleepers: Night owls and early-risers
There are early risers and morning grouches. Scientists were long convinced that everybody could be categorised as one of these two types of sleepers.
The fact is that around half of us can’t be definitively sorted into either the night owl or early riser category. Your sleep-wake rhythm might lie somewhere between a morning grouch and an early riser. Or maybe you’re one of them on some days, and the other on other days.
You sleep better naked
Are you someone who loves sleeping naked on hot summer evenings? It’s understandable. Medical professionals, however, recommend wearing at least something light while you sleep. What’s important is that it doesn’t constrict you while sleeping and keeps your body from cooling off too much.
Sleep time is unproductive time
We go to bed every evening and wake up the next morning with no memory of the past few hours, except for maybe a few dreams. Because of that, many of us perceive sleep as a passive state. But one thing is clear: Sleep is an extremely active process that is controlled by the brain. Incidentally, we use nearly as much energy sleeping as we do when we’re awake.
Sleep before midnight is most restful
When you sleep is less important than which sleep cycles you pass through and how deeply you sleep. Generally, it’s safe to say that the first part of the night is more important and more restful – and this holds true regardless of whether you go to bed before or after midnight.
Sleep quality and dream apps
Whether you’re recording sleep cycles, a dream journal or patterns, numerous apps promise to measure your sleep to both improve the quality of your sleep and make it easier for you to wake up in the morning. They claim that they can help you get a better night’s sleep. You should take the results of these apps with a grain of salt, however. You’re better off shutting both you and your smartphone off for the night – just put both in flight mode.