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Common sleep myths might pose serious risks


People holding myths- like five hours of is sufficient for them, has no harm or drinking helps you to fall asleep- are at a significant threat, reveals a new study.

The findings were published in the Journal 'Health'.

"Sleep is a vital part of life that affects our productivity, mood, and general and well-being. Dispelling myths about sleep promotes healthier sleep habits which, in turn, promote overall better health," says study lead investigator,

Researchers reviewed more than 8000 websites to identify 20 most common assumptions about sleep. They ranked them based on whether each could be dispelled as a myth or supported by scientific evidence, and on the harm that the myth could cause.

Among the top myth researchers were able to dispel was the claim by people that five hours of sleep is enough for them. This misconception poses risks to from long-term sleep deficits.

Another common myth relates to Robbins says can be harmless, but it can also be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially in which breathing starts and stops over the course of the night. The authors encourage seeing a doctor since this sleep behavior may lead to heart stoppages or other illnesses.

Another notable finding was that drinking alcoholic beverages before sleep was unhealthy for sleep. Alcohol reduces the body's ability to get a deep sleep.

"Sleep is important to health, and there needs to be greater effort to inform the public regarding this important public health issue," says study

She further said, "By discussing sleep habits with their patients, doctors can help prevent sleep myths from increasing risks for heart disease, obesity, and

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 13:15 IST