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The Truth Behind 7 Common Sleep Myths

Do you *really* need those 8 hours?

Sleep Myths Debunked
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When it comes to sleep, everyone has their own ideas on how to get a good night's rest. Some people swear by drinking a glass of milk, while others say you should never eat cheese before bed time.

How can you parse out fact from fiction? We delved into seven common sleep myths, and now we're here to tell you why they're flat-out wrong.

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1 Myth: Everyone Needs 8 Hours of Sleep
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Reality: The amount of sleep someone needs depends on variety of factors, including genetics.

“Sleep need is like height, we are all different and how much we need is to a large degree, genetically determined,” sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley explained to . Tracking your bed time, how many hours you sleep a night, and how well rested you feel each day can help you find the ideal amount of sleep for your body, .

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2 Myth: Drinking Warm Milk Makes You Fall Asleep
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Reality: Drinking milk to go to sleep is such a popular theory, it's been featured everywhere from dairy to Happy Gilmore.

However, there's no scientific evidence that drinking milk will help you sleep, according to the As the university explains in a blog post, the myth began because milk has small traces of tryptophan, an amino acid used to make the hormones serotonin and melatonin in our bodies, which do help us sleep. However, there's not nearly enough tryptophan in milk to make anyone drowsy.

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3 Myth: Cheese Causes Nightmares
eating cheese does not cause nightmares
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Reality: Although people often blame cheese for their bad dreams, nutritionist Joy Dubost, R.D. previously told there is no evidence to support this idea.

Researchers believe people who are sensitive to lactose may have trouble sleeping if they consume dairy before bed due to gas, bloating, or cramps — but not due to nightmares.

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4 Myth: Napping Makes it Hard to Sleep at Night
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Reality: Some believe napping is bad for bed time, but a quick afternoon rest won't disrupt your ability to go to bed, according to the . In fact, our internal clocks are programmed to . A short 20-minute nap is best so you don't enter a REM, or a deeper stage of sleep, as this will only make you tired later in the day.

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5 Myth: It's Illegal to Cut off Mattress Tags
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Reality: According to , surveys have shown that roughly 122 million American adults think it's illegal to remove mattress tags. But the truth is, you can snip those pesky tags without fear of jail time.

the tags were created a warning for store owners. In the early 1900s, the government believed companies were using old, discarded mattresses to stuff into "new" ones, so they started requiring manufacturers to list the materials.

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6 Myth: Sleepiness is Caused by the Number of Hours You Sleep Each Night
being tired doesn't mean you don't sleep enough
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Reality: It's entirely possible to sleep for eight or nine hours a night and still feel fatigued if you suffer from sleep apnea. People with the condition , which causes them to repeatedly wake up throughout the night. This makes it hard to sleep deeply, which causes daytime sleepiness.

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7 Myth: Only Some People Dream at Night
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Reality: According to the , a whopping 122 million Americans believe that some people don't dream. Ever. But researchers say that everybody dreams each night. In fact, the average person will dream four to six times per night when they enter REM sleep, according to the .

People who think they don't dream simply don't remember, and scientists aren't sure why some are able to recall their dreams better than others.

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