Six Myths About Sleeping That Simply Aren’t True
Stop me if you've heard this one before. The average person will eat 8 spiders per year while they sleep. Seems reasonable. Spiders are everywhere whether we like it or not. I can see where one might wander into my open mouth in the middle of the night. Well, it turns out that it isn't true.
A writer named Lisa Holt started spreading the myth sometime around 1993. Why? To show how gullible we are! It worked. The rumor spread and many people still believe it to this day. Up until right now, myself included! So if the spider while sleeping story isn't real, what other sleeping myths can we debunk?
- Drinking alcohol before bed makes you sleep better. 32% of us believe this is true. While alcohol might knock you out, it can mess with your quality of sleep, meaning you'll wake up not as rested.
- Leaving the TV on helps you sleep. 30% believe it's true. Sorry, it's the opposite. The blue light from your TV screen or your phone actually keeps you awake.
- The older you get, the less sleep you need. While teenagers do need more sleep at up to 9 hours a night, it stays the same after that. We ALL need 7 to 8 hours.
- Some people don't dream. Sorry. everyone dreams. Not everyone remembers them.
- Sleeping on your left side helps digestion. 25% of people believe this, but to date, there is no medical evidence that it works.