3 Myths and Facts about Sleeping

1. The older you get, the fewer hours of sleep you need.

According to the National Sleep Foundation recommended sleep for the average adultranges from seven to nine hours of sleep, while the average teen ranges from 8 to 10 hours. The amount of sleep required generally does not change as we age. The older adults may say they wake up earlier or more frequently throughout the night, but their sleep need is no less than younger adults. Older adults tend to sleep more during the day taking naps to replenish their sleep loss from last night.

2. Teens who fall asleep in class have bad habits and/or are lazy.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens need at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Their internal biological clocks also keep them awake later in the evening and keep them sleeping later in the morning. However, many schools begin classes early in the morning, when a teenager’s body wants to be asleep. As a result, many teens come to school too sleepy to learn, through no fault of their own.

3. If you wake up in the middle of the night, it is best to lie in bed, count sheep, or toss and turn until you eventually fall back asleep.

Whichever technique is used, most experts agree that if you do not fall back asleep within 15-20 minutes, you should get out of bed, go to another room and engage in a relaxing activity such as listening to music or reading. Return to bed when you feel sleepy. Avoid watching the clock.

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