From eating cheese before bed to counting sheep, when it comes to getting Zzzz, there are so many options it’s hard to know what really helps and what doesn’t. We reveal the most common sleep myths below.
Its fine to drink caffeine before bed
Caffeine interferes with your body long after it has been consumed and can really affect your quality of sleep. Limit your caffeine intake by the early afternoon to ensure you fall asleep easily.
You can catch up on sleep over the weekend
If you’ve had a hectic week with little sleep, spending extra hours in bed to pay off your ‘sleep debt’ can be tempting. But sleeping until noon lessens the chance of you falling asleep at your usual bedtime, setting up a new, unbalanced sleep cycle for the week to come. Exercising in the morning is one of the best ways to improve your sleep quality.
Napping is good
Sometimes we have those days when we just need a quick nap on the sofa but repeated too often these can be troublesome for your body. Short snoozes reduce your ability to get a good night’s rest and a study by the National Sleep Foundation showed napping also triggered inflammation in the body, which can have considerable health implications over time.
Being warm is good for a blissful night’s sleep
Cosying up in a pair of pyjamas might make you feel sleepy (and is common in winter) but beware of overheating as that can result in a disrupted sleep. Having a bath, then allowing your body to cool right down, can be a good way to trigger a restful sleep.
Eating cheese gives you nightmares
We have been told time and time again eating dairy before bed can result in intense nightmares but this is actually a myth. We wouldn’t recommend loading up on the cheese right before you hit the hay but if cravings persist a slice or two won’t hurt.
Counting sheep helps you get to sleep
Going against what you might’ve been told as a child, counting sheep can actually delay sleep. It’s better to steady your breathing and visualize a relaxing scene like lying on the beach or taking a warm bath.