7 Myths About Insomnia That Are Totally Untrue

Is anyone else struggling after Daylight Savings Time? We’re all a little sleepy over here. It’s amazing how much of a difference an hour makes. Because we lost an hour of sleep, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine took the opportunity to declare today Insomnia Awareness Day.

I’ve always had issues sleeping, but I never realized how big of a deal sleep was until I was out of college. I thought that sleeping in on the weekends was a good way to catch up on all the snoozing I wasn’t doing during the week. But now I have real things to do on the weekends and can’t just sleep on and off all day. I can’t play catch up, and binging on sleep is actually bad for you as well because it throws off your whole internal clock.

I’ve been working really hard to monitor my sleep patterns and pinpoint what’s going on. I’m even tracking my (severe) caffeine intake so hopefully I’ll be a better sleeper soon! Check out these 7 myths about insomnia that are just not true:

 
Do you have insomnia? What are some other myths you know of? Tell us in the comments!
 

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  • Brie

    You might want to check out the book “Brain Rules.” I went to a talk by the author. Napping 12 hours after the midpoint of your last night’s sleep can actually help you sleep better the next day. A short nap (26 minutes is what he says). For example if you go to bed at Midnight, and wake up at 8, the midpoint would be 4 am, so you would take a 26 minute nap at 4pm. He has a lot of very interesting information based in research on how the brain works.

  • Artemis95

    The concept of insomnia not being a big deal is definitely an issue. I’ve had chronic insomnia for years now. The minimum number of hours you’re supposed to sleep per night is six. I’ve had points where six hours was the total amount of sleep I got in a full week. It can get to the point where you have to miss classes or cancel events because you need sleep, and I’ve yet to meet anyone who honestly viewed it as a legitimate excuse. Most people write it off as laziness. They don’t understand that if I’m missing something to sleep in, it’s because if I don’t it could effect me physically to the point where I have to receive medical attention. My body stops functioning properly. I become physically ill. I was repeatedly sent to the nurse in high school for exhaustion. Now, after years, I’m able to recognize when I’m in danger of having one of these breakdowns, and I know I have to sleep to prevent one, but the rest of the world still sees a lazy, irresponsible girl sleeping in and missing class.

  • Karen

    Even though napping can increase insomnia and doesn’t help in overcoming in, taking naps has several if not many benefits, and healthy adults take balanced naps.

    Here’s a Mayo Clinic article on do’s and don’ts of napping for healthy people. It includes the best way to take a nap(s): http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/napping/art-20048319?footprints=mine

    Also, getting enough sleep varies from person to person, but less than four hours is definitely not considered a reasonable amount in any way.