Popular Sleep Myths

David Rancken
April 17, 2019 - 3:52 pm

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It's something we do for a third of our lives, or we should. Some of us don't do it nearly enough. That's sleep. 

Out of 24 hours in a day, we're supposed to spend eight of those hours resting and recovering. 

There's a new study out of NYU that looks at some of the myths that are associated with sleeping. A lot of people say they can get away with sleeping five hours a night. Dr. Rebecca Robbins from NYU says, that's just not good for you. A lack of sleep can lead to an increased risk for mood issues, depression, heart problems, and increased anxiety. 

Dr. Robbins also says the snooze bar is just about the worst thing for a restful night's sleep because our best sleep hits right before we wake up in the morning. The snooze bar just interrupts that and keeps you in a less restful light sleep during those snooze times. 

She says, just set your alarm for the latest time you can, and just get up.