A Time to Look at Some Myths and Facts About Sleep

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are decreased work performance, depression or mood changes and increased risk of automotive crashes.

Myth #4: Watching TV in my bedroom and working on my laptop in bed helps me wind down and fall asleep.

Fact: Doing work, watching TV and using the computer, both close to bedtime and especially in the bedroom, hinders quality sleep. Violent shows, news reports and stories before bedtime can be agitating. The sleep environment should be used only for sleep and sex

Myth #5:  Turning up the radio, opening the window, or turning on the air conditioner in the car are effective ways to stay awake when driving.

Fact:  These “aids” don’t work.  They are ineffective and can be dangerous to anyone who is driving while feeling drowsy or sleepy, as well as their passengers and others on the road.  If you’re feeling tired while driving, pull off the road in a safe rest area and take a nap for l5-45 minutes.  Caffeinated beverages can help overcome drowsiness for a short period of time, however, it takes about 30 minutes before the effects are felt.  The best prevention for drowsy driving is a good night’s sleep before your trip.

Myth #6:  Alcohol or wine will help me fall asleep faster.


Fact:  Some people feel that alcohol is a sleep aid. However, while alcohol may calm you and speed the onset of sleep, it actually increases the number of times you awaken during the night.  If you are taking a sleep medication, it should not be used with alcohol or other drugs.
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