One sheep. Two Sheep. Three sheep. Go to sleep. Are you asleep yet? Of course, you aren’t, because counting sheep to sleep isn’t a proven technique. It’s just an old wives tale. Legend has it, shepherds in medieval Britain had to keep a headcount of their sheep every night. So they counted their sheep before they went to sleep to make sure they were all accounted for. There are many such myths about the realm of slumber. Let’s attempt to debunk some of them.
Myth #1 Nightcaps help you sleep
Thinking of a nightcap to help you sleep tonight? Think again. Alcohol may make you feel sleepy but it mars the quality of your sleep. It disrupts Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. From all the stages of sleep, REM is the restful and restorative shuteye you get ninety minutes after you have dozed off. It’s the amazing part of your ZZZs when you dream. When REM sleep is disturbed you feel groggy and sluggish the next day. Read our blog post Using alcohol as a sleep aid? Think again to know all about the effects of alcohol on sleep.
Myth #2 Morning larks are more productive than night owls
If your creativity and productivity peak at night it just means you’re a nocturnal being. Different people have different energetic times in the span of a day and it’s got nothing to do with whether you get up early or sleep late. So go on, burn the midnight oil because the early bird doesn’t always catch the worm.
Myth #3 You buy more sleep time by snoozing
Wonder why you feel and look like a zombie at work on some days? It may have a lot to do with the snooze button on your alarm clock. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t give you that little extra shuteye but jolts you out of a deep part of your sleep cycle after you’ve dozed off between snoozes.
Myth #4 Everyone needs 8 hours of sleep
You’ve had the right amount of sleep if you’ve woken up refreshed. It doesn’t matter if it’s six hours or eight hours. Sleeping patterns are unique to each person. In fact, they vary over our lifespan. Like, for infants sixteen hours of sleep is normal, whilst teenagers need a couple of more hours than adults.
Myth #5 Power naps always refresh you
Power naps are amazing. But are they all restorative? Not really. Depending on for how long you nod off, you will wake up either feeling refreshed or groggy. Set your alarm to go off in exactly twenty minutes when you’re taking a power nap. It’s the right amount of time to boost energy levels and whet your mental alertness.
After all the myths here’s a gospel truth: the SleepX Fusion Mattress gives you the most refreshing and restorative sleep you have ever experienced.