The secret to a great night's sleep

4 Sleeping myths that you may have been led to believe

After years of old wives' tales and sleeping myths people are still led to believe that tales of cheese induced nightmares and infectious yawns are true. With this in mind, we're going to clear up a few of the most common sleeping myths that we've been asked about. 

Does eating cheese gives you nightmares?

This myth has dated back for centuries, however in 2005 the British Cheese Board carried out a study proving this claim to be completely untrue.

Interestingly though the study revealed that 85% of female participants who ate stilton reported having strange and vivid dreams. Although there's no proof that these vivid dreams were related to the cheese that was consumed before bed. A study from the University of the West of England suggested that a woman's monthly cycle and change in hormones can contribute to more colourful dreams.

So great news, you don't need to hold back on the crackers and cheese before bed! 

You should never wake a sleep walker

It is a myth that you should never wake a sleep walker because it can lead to a heart attack or a shock related illness, BUT it is not a myth that it can lead to a violent reaction. It is highly unlikely anything worse would happen in this circumstance, which means that sometimes, if the sleepwalker is at risk, waking them is the best solution. 


Everyone needs eight hours sleep at night

Scientific studies have proven that everybody is different when it comes to the amount we need to function the next day. Furthermore, our sleep requirements vary over our lives and it changes as we age and grow. 

Our sleep expert Dr Nerina comments,"I have encountered many people who have become anxious about their supposed sleep deprivation because they feel they might not be achieving the 'normal' amount of sleep. Sleep requirements vary from person to person and also depends largely on whether positive sleep strategies are being practised regularly."

"For most of us, living in this age of information overload, the challenge is to achieve efficient deep sleep rather than a certain quota of hours. That said, eight hours is a good average to work towards and if you are regularly struggling to sleep or sleeping too much you should review my sleep tips to make sure you are following the best lifestyle practices for optimal sleep."

Yawning is a sign of tiredness

With continued research and scientific studies, we still have no clue what the real cause of yawning is. One study showed that yawning might facilitate low oxygen levels in the lungs, but this was shortly after discredited. 

As the myth goes, yawning is known to be contagious, which leads to the us to questions whether you even need to be tired to yawn at all?   

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