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The Biggest Myths about Sleep

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Even for top researchers and scientists, sleep still largely remains a mystery. This means there is a lot of conflicting information about what constitutes a good night’s sleep. Depending on who you ask, you might get ten different answers on what is the right amount of sleep. Lloyds Storage Beds aims to dispel a lot of these myths and lets you know which preconceptions to avoid!

Myth: Everyone needs the same time amount of sleep

This is one of the biggest myths surrounding sleep. One of the most commonly repeated mantras is that everyone needs at least 8 hours sleep a night. However, this is not necessary for everyone, as this is only the average amount of sleep people get around the world. Due to different ages, lifestyles and health, everyone requires different amounts of sleep; sometimes less, sometimes more. Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill reportedly only needed 4 hours of sleep a night to get by. Try and find your own individual perfect amount of sleep and don’t listen to anyone if they insist you need a certain amount of hours.

Myth: Pulling an All-Nighter Won’t Harm You

Many of us have found ourselves staying up all night, whether through studying, stressing or partying.  Most of us think that, apart from feeling really tired, it won’t actually cause that much harm. According to recent research, this might be not true.  Sleep deprivation, even from a singular night, impedes our ability to concentrate, to pay attention to our environment and to analyse information creatively. Over long periods of time, this can lead to more long term problems for the brain. It can cause the build up of associated with aging and neural degeneration, due to the fact that without sleep our brain doesn’t have chance to clear the ‘waste’ that has built up throughout the day.

Myth: Teenagers are Lazy

Everyone knows that teenagers love to stay up late and sleep in till the afternoon, which has generated the stereotype that they are just plain lazy. Instead of just idleness, this is a natural occurrence.  Due to our circadian rhythm - or body clock as it is more commonly known – our body is able to tell us what time go to sleep and wake up. This process is normally controlled by exposure to the sun, but also changes as we age. During our teenage years, our body clock actually runs much later, meaning we are more inclined to go to sleep much later. So next time a teenager sleeps in till 1 in the afternoon, it’s actually just them listening to their bodies’ natural tendencies and not laziness!

Myth: Alcohol Helps Your Sleep

Alcohol not helping your sleep may seem surprising as I’m sure many of us have felt exhausted after drinking one too many. The fact is that while drinking may help you feel more tired, it interrupts your sleeping cycle. This is because when the alcohol leaves your system you body is now in a state of hyperarousal, so you will wake up after only 4 or 5 hours.

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