PHOENIX, ARIZONA – May 7, 2015 – Think your afternoon yawns would disappear if you got an extra hour of sleep at night? Do you rely on a nightcap to help you fall asleep? Think you’re one of those people who needs less sleep than others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be doing more harm than good. Valley Sleep Center Owner Lauri Leadley is busting 5 sleep myths to help Arizonans lead better lives by getting better quality rest.
I can’t have insomnia because I don’t have trouble falling asleep. Sometimes I wake up during the night and can’t fall back asleep.
- Having trouble falling asleep is not the sole symptom of insomnia. If you wake up several times during the night, wake up too early and can’t fall back asleep or wake up not feeling refreshed, you could have insomnia.
I can get by on 4 or 5 hours of sleep.
- While different people need different amounts of sleep, the National Sleep
Foundation says most people perform best when they get 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night. If you think you do okay on 5 hours, imagine how much better you’d feel if you got 7 or 8.
I wouldn’t be so tired during the day if I just got a little more sleep at night.
- Excessive daytime sleepiness could be a result of too little sleep at night, but it can also be a sign of a serious sleep disorder. If you’ve tried getting more sleep at night and you’re still tired during the day you should talk to your doctor.
Having a glass of wine or beer at night helps me relax and fall asleep.
- While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it can also lead you to wake up during the night or early in the morning. A recent study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine found that alcohol can impact the brain’s sleep-wake system and make it harder to go back to sleep. If you’re having trouble falling asleep don’t turn to alcohol. Instead, talk to your doctor.
Over the counter sleeping pills are safer than prescription strength medication.
- Fear of addiction may keep some people from talking to their doctor and avoiding prescription strength sleep medication. Trying to self-medicate by using over the counter pills rather than talk to a doctor who can personalize your treatment could lead to more serious issues
About Valley Sleep Center
Since 2002, Valley Sleep Center has provided Arizona with diagnostic sleep disorder testing in a home-like atmosphere, ensuring a comfortable, relaxing experience for patients. Their physicians are Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialists and accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They provide diagnostic testing for a multitude of sleep related disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension, sleepwalking, and pediatric sleep problems. www.valleysleepcenter.com
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