At least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders.
(PRWEB) March 09, 2012
While the majority of individuals know they should be getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night, most often this is easier said than done. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, "At least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems." Consumers often turn to natural sleep aids, prescription sleeping pills as well as other methods to help them fall asleep fast and remain asleep through the night. Unfortunately, many misconceptions about sleep exist that may actually prevent a good night's rest. In an effort to distinguish scientific facts about sleep from sleep fiction, LipoRid PM™ has generated a list of the top 5 sleep myths widespread in today’s society.
1. You Can Make Up for Lost Sleep
- Sleeping extra hours following a night of little rest does not help you make up for lost sleep, but instead disrupts your circadian rhythms leading to further sleeping problems.
2. Everyone Needs Eight Hours of Sleep per Night
- The average person needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, but the exact amount varies on an individual basis. While uncommon, some people need as many as twelve hours of sleep per night while others can get by with as little as four hours.
3. Reading or Watching a Movie Before Going to Bed Helps the Brain to Unwind
- While watching television or reading a book can overstimulate the brain preventing sleep, the light associated with both is a more important factor. Light can inhibit the production of melatonin, a hormone produced in the pineal gland that is essential to the body’s sleep cycle.
4. Working Out Late at Night Promotes a Good Night's Rest
- While exercise has been scientifically proven to increase sleep quality, exercising within three hours of sleep actually has the reverse affect.
5. Alcohol Helps Relax the Body and Helps You Fall Asleep Faster
- While a glass of wine or an alcoholic beverage may help you to relax and fall asleep quickly, it will disrupt sleep and maybe inhibit the body from entering into REM sleep.
Editor's Notes: LipoRidPM.com is the leading provider of all-natural sleep aid diet pills. LipoRidPM.com was launched in 2006 and is the first company to introduce a sleep aid, fat burner into the United States.
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