Sleep is something that is incredibly important in everybody’s lives, but there are many misconceptions that people have about sleep. In reality not much is known about sleep, and it is strange that such a big topic comes with very little knowledge.
There is still lots of interesting and helpful information that is out there, that by learning can help you get more out of your sleep. Below are 5 things that you probably didn’t know about sleep:
The more you sleep the more energy you have could not be further from the truth.
Most people are taught to believe that they need 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night to have enough energy throughout the next day, when in actuality you only 5 to 6 hours. Think of it almost like inertia, an object in motion tends to stay in motion and an object at rest tends to stay at rest; the more you sleep the more you want to sleep and more tired you feel. So maybe tomorrow try getting up earlier and seeing how much better it makes you feel.
Human beings spend an average of one third of their life sleeping
Think about how long one third of your life is, and how much more time you would have if you slept a little bit less. Some of the most successful people in the world sleep four hours a day, and they use all the time that they aren’t spending on sleeping being productive. How much would get done if everyone slept one hour less to get one more hour of productivity.
If you’re having difficulty falling asleep, turn the temperature down. To be able to fall asleep your body temperature needs to drop a little bit, which is difficult in a room that is too hot. Having a room that is too hot can keep you from sleeping and fully taking advantage of your sleep. Next time it seems like you just can’t fall asleep try turning the temperature down a bit and put on an extra cover if it’s too cold.
The “Freshman 15” is more due to a lack of sleep than anything
Everyone hears horror stories about the “Freshman 15” in college, but what they don’t know is that it is attributed to lack of sleep. People tend to eat more when they aren’t getting enough sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, your levels a hormone called leptin, which helps regulate your appetite, begin to fall. This triggers an increased appetite. One great way of regulating your diet is by making sure you’re getting enough sleep.
It’s a myth that you have to get one, long sleep cycle.
Some people sleep better on alternative sleep cycles, everyone is different so a continuous, or monophasic, sleep cycle may not be best for you. Many of the greatest minds of the past slept in polyphasic sleep cycles, such as:
· Leonardo Da Vinci
· Albert Einstein
· Margaret Thatcher
· Nikola Tesla
If you don’t think you’re getting enough sleep, try one of these alternative methods:
· The Biphasic Schedule: Two three-to-four-hour sleeps with an hour of awake time in the middle.
· The Dymaxion Sleep Schedule: 30-minute “naps” every 6 hours.
· The Uberman Schedule: Six 30-minute naps per day.
· The Everyman Schedule: A daily three-hour sleep plus three 20-minute naps.