There has been a lot of research done on the subject of sleep. It's one of the most important features in your life and provides your body with energy so that you can live a healthy lifestyle. Did you know that there are things besides a good mattress or supportive pillow that affect your sleep health? What you believe about sleep and how you apply that to your sleep schedule can greatly affect your health! Here are three myths about sleep that aren't true!

     

     

  • Sleeping is the same as resting. Sleep much more than just taking a rest! During the time that you sleep, your body works to recover from the strain and stress of the previous day. Be sure not to overlook the necessity sleep and to understand the importance of a good night's sleep!
  • Sleep is flexible. Have you ever experienced the following scenario? You had a late night followed by an early morning, so you tried to compensate by calling it a night early and sleeping in late the next morning. It's a common myth that you can "make up" your sleep if you miss a few hours or get a bad night of sleep. But in reality, oversleeping is just as unhealthy as not sleeping enough. It's better to limit your sleep to your normal amount instead of oversleeping to try and compensate for not getting enough sleep.
  • The older you are the less you need. The misconception is that the older you get, the less sleep you need. However, the amount of sleep you need doesn't change much, it's just the way that sleep works for you that changes. For children, sleep is when their bodies can develop and grow. For adults, sleep is the opportunity to prepare for the next day and regain energy.

Getting good night’s sleep prepares you for the following day, mentally and physically. Your sleep needs to be a priority in your life, because you need it to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle! What are some misconceptions you've had about your sleep?