Sleep Facts vs. Sleep Fiction

ONE SHEEP, TWO SHEEP, THREE SHEEP … ZZZZZZ …

Take our questionnaire to see how well you can recognize sleep fact from sleep fiction!

True False 1. You can train yourself to get by on less sleep.
True False 2. The older you get the less sleep you need.
True False 3. You should never wake up a sleepwalker.
True False 4. Eight hours is the perfect amount of sleep.
True False 5. Counting sheep can help you fall asleep.
True False 6. Yawning is a sign of tiredness.
True False 7. Keeping a baby awake during the day makes him/her sleep better at night.
True False 8. All sleeping pills are addictive.
True False 9. Sleeping with the TV on helps you fall asleep.
True False 10. Hitting the snooze button buys you extra sleep.

The answers:

1. False – While each person needs a different amount of sleep, our bodies will notice the missing hours and fall into sleep debt. We may not notice it now, but over time the body will tell you.

2. False – While sleep patterns can change as we age, typically the amount of sleep we need does not.

3. False – This belief was once associated with demonic possession, but aside from startling the person and the possibility of being disoriented, this is not true.

4. False – Everyone needs a different amount of sleep to be at their best. This is a typical average used in the research field.

5. False – This can actually be quite distracting. Research suggests picturing calm images. This theory originates back to the shepherds of ancient Britain – they had a tallying system to count their sheep and ewes to keep track of their flock.

6. False – The causes of yawning are still a mystery. One theory suggests it has something to do with low oxygen levels in the lungs.

7. False – This will usually boomerang back at you and can leave the baby even more miserable, tired and cranky. Babies who sleep during the day are often more resilient and balanced.

8. False – some sleeping pills can be more addictive than others, but it also depends on the person taking them and how often they are used (or abused). Even natural sleep aids can produce some side effects, in the short or long term.

9. False – TV is stimulating and can distract from the calm and relaxed feel we need to fall asleep. It also emits a blue-ish light that can negatively affect our circadian rhythms.

10. False – It will only make you feel worse because you do not get to start or complete a sleep cycle.

So, are you a Sultan of Sleep? Did you know all the answers and think this was too easy?

Or maybe you’re a Duchess of Dreamland … you knew some answers, but got stumped on a few.

Either way, we hope you learned something new and may use these to improve your sleep habits in the future.

… sleep happily ever after …