- Your need for sleep decreases with age
- Regular sleep schedules are important for your night’s sleep
- If you can’t sleep, get up
- Your mind is resting when you sleep
- The snooze button can give you a better start to your day
You may recognize these claims about sleep. But are they really true? Illustrated Science delves into the world of sleep and allows science to make judgments about some of the most popular myths of sleep.
The body goes out of balance if you sleep less than the recommended one, because during different sleep cycles your brain performs different tasks: it cleans the mind, stores memories and experiences, dreams and removes waste, so you are comfortable and ready for the next day.
Lack of sleep therefore has negative consequences for the cognitive functions of the brain – the ability to focus, absorb new knowledge, think critically, and act quickly – things that are essential to being able to function in everyday life.
Additionally, your risk of developing serious health problems increases if you sleep too little for an extended period of time.
Listen and find out how long you need to sleep and what you can do to improve your sleep.