According to various studies conducted overtime in different parts of world, around 20% – 40% of world’s adult population suffers from Insomnia every year. And 1 out of every 3 people suffer from it at somepoint in their lives. And to take this a step further, around 40 million American residents on an average are suffering from the chronic stage of this sleep disorder.These numbers and figures are concerning, but even more concerning are the myths surrounding this disorder. These myths further worsen the problem, which leads to several other health issues.
Let’s take a look at some of these myths:
1. A drink helps in falling asleep:This is the most common myth among people who suffer from sleep disorders. People believe that a glass of cocktail before going to bed will help them in falling asleep immediately. This myth exists because of alcohol’s ability to help in falling asleep. However, people don’t realize that as it moves through the body, it eventually leads to restless, disturbed and incomplete sleep after which you’ll wake up earlier without providing proper rest to body.
2. Insomnia is a totally psychological issue:It’s true that psychological reasons like stress, tension, excitementor grief may lead to Insomnia, but they can’t be blamed completely as the root cause of this sleep disorder. Poor sleep hygiene, side effects of drugs, illness, restless legs syndrome and illness are a few of the many other things that are not psychological but are capable of causing Insomnia.
3. Exercise helps in falling asleep:Although it’s true to some extent that exercise helps in stimulating better sleep, still it’s worth pointing out that doing workout before bedtime may also cause the inability to sleep. There must be a difference of at least 3 hours between your workout time and bedtime.
4. Playing with screens helps in sleeping: Often when people are reading something on the screens of tablets, mobiles or laptops, they eventually start feeling sleepy. Same thing also happens while watching TV. This thing leads to the myth that more screen time may help in falling asleep. But people don’t know that the noise and light of these screens reduces melatonin level in brain, which is crucial for a sound sleep. If they don’t increase around bedtime, you won’t be able to sleep. Playing with screens may help a bit for now, but in the long-term it can make you a night owl!