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. 


Sleepwalker


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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