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8 Myths of myths about insomnia or sleepless nights

Posted by Charles | July 14, 2007 .

I noticed lots of people dealing with software do have sleeping problem. Or, I should say we have usual sleeping habits. I found there are myths and the “truths” behind the myths are seemingly myths too. Then, how exactly we should sleep better?!

1. Older people require less sleep.

“This is not exactly the case. As a general recommendation, seven to nine hours sleep a night is best for most adults, whether they be twenty or fifty although the sleep patterns of people can become different as they get older.”

But seems to me older people do sleep less. And most of older people say so.

2. Lost sleep can be made up.

“It can be adverse to your health and well being both physically and mentally (for a whole host of reasons) to skimp on your hours of sleep. As well you cannot “save up” your sleep for days when you have more time to sleep in. An average of seven to nine hours a night is advisable.”

Making-up sleep seems work for me.

3. Insomnia is just simple problem of hard to falling asleep.

“Insomnia is more complex than that and is associated with four specific symptoms which are, as previously mentioned, a difficulty getting to sleep, but also waking up too early in the morning and not being able to fall back to sleep, frequent moments of waking up during the night and a feeling of being tired..”

Is insomnia that complicate? When you are healthy and having problem sleep, I would think, simple exercises will just help.

4. Brain is at rest when you are sleep.

“This is not so. The human body rests during sleep while the brain is very much active. During sleep the brain is recharging its batteries and still very much in control of the majority of bodily functions, including breathing. As we sleep we go back and forth …”

We can land people on the moon but I don’t think we really know how brain works. So, when people talking about brain, I can always find other side of stories. Myth..

5. taking sleep pill helps

Those who took sleeping pills nightly had a greater risk of death than those who took them occasionally, but the latter risk was still 10 to 15 percent higher than it was among people who never took sleeping pills. Sleeping pills appear unsafe in any amount, Kripke writes in his online book, “The Dark Side of Sleeping Pills.”

Never tried sleep pill. When I got cold, those medicine given from doctor of over the counters realy helps and make me feeeel goooood. That’s why I’m trying best to be away from any pill or powder.

6. You have to have 8 hours of sleep to be healthy.

“The pill-taking is real but the refrain that Americans are sleep deprived originates largely from people funded by the drug industry or with financial interests in sleep research clinics.”

Kinda make sense to me.

“The Cancer Prevention Study II even showed that people with serious insomnia or who only get 3.5 hours of sleep per night, live longer than people who get more than 7.5 hours.”

All the tech dudes and gear heads really like the hear this. Sleep less and out live.

7. going to bed at the same time is good.

“Regular rhythm is indeed a form of chronotherapy recommended in many circadian rhythm problems. However, people will severe DSPS may simply find it impossible to go to sleep at the same time everyday. Such forced attempts will only result in a self-feeding cycle of stress and insomnia. In such cases, the struggle with one’s own rhythm is simply unhealthy. “

Man, when get to medical science, you just don’t know whom to listen. Less information and knowledge is a blessing.

8. People are morning or evening type.

“This is more of a misnomer than a myth. Evening type people can easily be made wake up with the sun by means of chronotherapy. What people really differ in is the period of their body clock and its sensitivity to zeitgebers (e.g. light, activity, stress, etc.). People with an unusually long natural day and low sensitivity to resetting stimuli will tend to work late and wake up late. Hence the tendency to call them “evening type”. Those people do not actually prefer evening, they simply prefer longer working days.”

Oh, come on, People are morning or evening type, period!

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2 Comments so far
  1. Jill  October 4, 2011 2:01 pm

    I have heard of many studies counter to #7, that it is better for someone to have a regular sleep pattern, especially with insomnia. Just one for a quick example (from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine)see #7 here:

  2. Mark Aldrich - insomnia cures  February 16, 2012 9:29 am

    I’m amazed to find info on insomnia in a tech blog, and such a specific list of ‘myths’…but I guess that insomnia is quite prevalent among computer engineers, programmers and hackers than in other professions (highly sedentary)…

    I personally think that more sleep is better, more as in closer to the 8 hour benchmark…but I guess sleep requirements do vary from person to person, as for sleeping less promotes longevity, I’ll leave that to the stats.

    In all, thanks for the article, it’s helpful – and I loved the link to Dr. Kripke’s presentation…learnt loads!



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