Sleep is one of the most mysterious physiological processes that takes a huge amount of time from us, but we cannot live without it. Many people think that sleep is necessary for the brain to rest. But in reality this is not so - in a dream, the brain works even more actively than when we are awake. But during sleep, our body and nervous system rest. Meanwhile, the brain controls all the processes in our body, and also organizes the information that we receive during the day. In order for the body to rest and the brain to complete all its tasks, sleep should last at least 7-10 hours. If we reduce it, the person's mental state and physical health suffer. Not everyone knows that sleep has a tremendous effect even on the body's immune system. But, unfortunately, in the modern world, lack of sleep is the norm, and this problem affects almost everyone. In addition, a number of myths have taken root among the people, in which most people believe. But in fact, they not only do not correspond to reality, but can also harm us. But today we will put an end to the most common ones.
Alcohol helps you sleep better
Many people believe that drinking before bed will help you relax and sleep better, especially after stress. In part, there is some truth in this - after drinking, you will fall asleep faster (although the opposite effect is possible), but you will not get a good sleep. After alcohol, sleep is restless, intermittent, while REM sleep is reduced or completely eliminated. As a result, a person wakes up broken and not slept. In this case, the ability to work is greatly reduced the next day.
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Alcohol, of course, in some situations can be useful, for example, dry wine, but not for sleep. Therefore, in order to fall asleep, it is better to resort to other methods - to drink chamomile tea, to ventilate the room well.
“Another 5 minutes” will help you sleep
Surely, many have come across a situation when the alarm clock rings, and the hand itself reaches out to translate it for 5 minutes. It seems that this time will give more strength, help prepare and get up vigorous. But, don't try to fool yourself. You will not have enough 5-10 minutes to get a better sleep, and you will not be more energetic either. Quite the contrary - you will fall asleep quickly, but falling asleep will be superficial.
To feel good, you should get up at the first alarm clock.
Waking up after 5 minutes, you will feel even more overwhelmed, as your brain is already tuned in to continue sleeping. According to psychologist Dan Ariely, if you set the alarm more than three times in the morning, each time you wake up will be more difficult. Therefore, ideally, you need to get up on the first ring of the alarm clock. At the same time, immediately open the curtains and try to let in as much light as possible into the room.
The morning is wiser than the evening
This popular proverb says that it is better to solve problems and complex problems, as well as make decisions, in the morning, not in the evening. But actually it is not. The fact is that the brain organizes information overnight. The one that he considers important, he keeps. The other is simply erased from memory. Scientists have found that the brain best remembers information that triggered positive emotions. And what is connected with the negative is quickly forgotten.
Therefore, it is better to make decisions and put thoughts in order in the evening, while all the memories are still fresh. In this case, you will be able to more objectively assess the situation.
Exercise before bed will help you fall asleep better
Many people believe that doing good physical work or exercise before bed will help you fall asleep. In fact, physical activity increases blood circulation. This tones the muscles, which does not at all contribute to calming and relaxation. Therefore, experts recommend stopping activity 3 hours before so as not to experience problems with falling asleep and sleep quality.
Excessive sleep is more harmful to health than lack of sleep
You can get enough sleep for the future or make up for a lack of sleep
Do not exhaust yourself with a lack of sleep, counting on the fact that in the future you will sleep off the missed hours of sleep. It is impossible to "catch up" the dream, exactly, as well as to get enough sleep for the future. Trying to sleep off on the weekend can lead to dire consequences. You can sleep longer, but, according to experts, no more than two hours. The fact is that oversleeping is even more harmful for the body than not getting enough sleep.
If a person sleeps more than normal, he feels overwhelmed, his concentration decreases and his ability to work decreases. And most importantly, he often continues to want to sleep. Researchers from the European Society of Cardiology have found that oversleeping increases the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease by 33%.
Remember that good sleep is the key to well-being. And if after sleep, regardless of its duration, you feel sleepy and overwhelmed, this is a serious reason to see a doctor.