Rest Easy By Correcting Popular Myths About Sleep

The average person spends about 26 years of their life sleeping. Sleep is crucial for health, as it can heal the heart, improve mood, and solidify your memory. However, many believe health myths that only harm their sleep.

If you hit the snooze button on her alarm, then you likely believe one of these myths. Snoring does not always stem from sleep apnea, and warm temperatures inhibit sleep. If these facts surprise you, then you’ll want to read these corrections to popular myths about sleep.

No, The Body Does Not Get Used To Having Little Sleep

Some people believe that if they continually sleep less than seven hours, their bodies will adjust. But that is a myth. In 2017, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh discovered that people can only do it if they take naps during the day. And even then, it won’t work for everyone.

A woman with a blanket wrapped around her tiredly holds up a mug of coffee.
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In 2009, geneticists discovered that very few people can thrive on five hours of sleep. They are called the “sleepless elite,” and the skill is entirely genetic. If you try to get less sleep, you’ll suffer health consequences.