6 Sleep Myths That Make You Tired

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  • If you're among the 1 in 3 who has trouble sleeping, we're here to set a few things straight about the myths that could be keeping you awake...

    Lack of sleep isn’t just annoying – not to mention exhausting – but it could also be detrimental to your health. Studies show that not getting enough shuteye has been linked to multiple health concerns, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Another reason to get a good night’s shuteye? Losing sleep can also make you gain weight!

    But sometimes a night’s sweet slumber simply won’t come. Most people know to avoid caffeine before bedtime, and opt for a warm, milky drink instead but what else can you do when just you can’t get a decent night’s kip? For starters, you can get the facts about the best (and worst) ways for how to get to sleep. That’s why we’ve rounded up six common sleeping myths and asked the experts whether or not they’re actually true – and if not, what to do instead!

    The first sleeping myth? Napping can make you more tired.

    The truth is that it’s all about how long you nap for. A power nap of five to 20 minutes unloads the brain and could make up for a small sleep debt the night before. But after 20 minutes the brain might move into its deeper slow-wave sleep, leaving you groggy when you wake up. This isn’t just an unpleasant sensation, but will also hurt your chances for how to get to sleep later on in the evening. 

    So what’s the solution? Be ruthless and limit a nap to 20 minutes. And don’t nap after 3pm, as this is when your body’s levels of the sleep hormone, melatonin begin to rise, signalling to the brain that it’s time to wind down. Who knew? 

    Keep reading to discover five more myths and expert tips for how to get to sleep (number four is a real shocker!)…

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