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Sleep Myths Busted

Apr 16, 2019

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If you’ve ever thought that you can get by on less than five hours of sleep a night, then you are among the many who believe in one of the biggest myths about sleep. Five hours is not enough and there’s good scientific evidence to support that claim.

That’s one of a number of myths busted in new research reported on today by the BBC and others. Researchers from New York University combed the internet to find common beliefs about sleep and found solid scientific to bust the myths.

In Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness® at Pacific Science Center, we touch on a number of these. For example, we talk about how sleep needs change with age. Babies and teenagers need more sleep, but modern life is making it more difficult for teens to get much-needed, restorative sleep. Electronic devices are keeping teens up and the blue light from screens is stimulating their brains, making it difficult to rest.

This new research also talks about snoring and how it may indicate sleep apnea which can lead to a number of problems. Sleep apnea is covered in two areas of our Wellbody exhibit and explains this is not just a problem for aging adults. Children can also be affected.

We encourage you to check out this new research then stop by and learn even more with Professor Wellbody. Above all else, sleep well.