Facts and Fiction About Sleep

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Sleep facts

Not getting enough sleep for one night won't hurt anything... FICTION

Even just one night of lost sleep can increase the level of grehlin -- a hormone responsible for making us feel hungry. People who get less than adequate sleep are more likely to overeat. According to an article from Psychology Today, persistent insomnia can bring irritability, muscle aches, and headaches. It is detrimental to mental well-being and concentration. It increases the likelihood for an on-the-job accident by 400 percent. Insomnia is also the single best predictor for depression.

If I wake up during the night I should do something until I feel tired again... FACT

According to a WebMD article "If you wake up in the night and can't fall back to sleep within about 15-20 minutes, get out of bed and do something relaxing. Do not sit in bed and watch the clock. Experts recommend going into another room to read or listen to music. Return to bed only when you feel tired."

Prescription sleep aids are addictive... FICTION

According the National Sleep Foundation, when used correctly, prescription "sleep aids can safely and effectively treat insomnia." There is a lower rate of dependency in newer sleep aids versus traditional benzodiazopines. People who struggle with addiction, or alcohol or drug abuse are at an increased risk for dependency. As always, consult your doctor before beginning any sleep-aid regiment. Sleep aids should not be taken with alcohol, before driving or operating machinery or before a bath or shower. Make sure you have 7-8 hours of time before you need to be active again.

Insomnia occurs twice as often in women than in men... FACT

Women's sleep is dictated by an array of different factors including menstrual cycle, biological life stages, stress level, health, mood, work hours, etc. Women are also more likely than men to report sleep related issues, such as insomnia, to their doctors, according to an article from the National Sleep Foundation.