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17 August, 2020 0
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Debunking Sleep Myths: One at a Time

Sleep is essential for your brain and body to function well. Some people may get enough sleep, whereas some toss and turn for hours and rarely feel rested. While many of us generally know how to get enough rest and what works for us, there are many misconceptions about sleep that often trip us up. Take a look at these few some sleep myths – clarified:

Turning on Your Car’s A/C Can Help You Stay Awake

The driver falling asleep while driving is a significant cause of car accidents.  Turning on the A/C or opening windows would not help you stay awake. Pull over into a safe spot, turn off the engine, and take a power nap.

Your Brain Rests When You Sleep

One of the most common sleep myths not to believeis that your brain rests when you sleep. The truth is your body may rest, but your brain will remain active when you sleep to control bodily functions.

Also, remember that if you continue to stay in bed while struggling with insomnia, you create an unhealthy connection between your bed and brain. Your brain then starts to think of your bed as a place to be awake and do work or be in thought. If you are struggling with getting sleep for more than 20 minutes, move to another part of the house and engage in some relaxing activity.

Irregular Sleep and Snoring

Sleeping more during your days off does not help you catch up on sleep you missed out on during the week. You should have a consistent sleep for at least 8 hours every night.

Cheese and Alcohol

Some people believe that cheese increases the risk of nightmares. However, it is not true. Cheese contains tryptophan that produces serotonin in the body, thereby helping you fall asleep faster. Another myth is that alcohol consumption enables you to fall asleep more quickly, which is also not true. Consumption of alcohol before bed increases your chances of improper sleep.

Dreams and Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking can be dangerous, and it is always better to either wake up a sleepwalker or guide them back to the bed. Also, contrary to the common opinion that you dream only in a deep sleep, dreams are more vivid during the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, which is the lighter sleep cycle.

These are the sleep myths that you should know to avoid believing them anymore. While you work on catching enough shut-eye, let us handle your insurance policies. Contact the experts at Fuller Insurance for all your insurance needs so you can sleep easy.

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