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Snooze Smarts: Which of These Bedtime Claims Is Totally a Myth?

See how sleep savvy you are with these questions.

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QUESTION 1

Which claim is a myth?

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Lack of sleep does not directly affect your hair health.

Skimping on sleep can take a toll on many parts of your bod, including your brain and immune system. As for damaged hair? It’s probably not because of your late-night Netflix habit.

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QUESTION 2

Which of these boozy claims is a myth?

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Alcohol hurts, not helps, your sleep.

An innocent nightcap can bring on drowsiness, but that’s where the sleep perks end. That dirty martini comes back to haunt you in the second half of the night, during the most restorative part of your sleep cycle;  you may find yourself tossing in your sheets until morning. And bad news, ladies: because you typically metabolize alcohol faster than men, booze tends to negatively impact your sleep more.

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QUESTION 3

Which steamy claim is a myth?

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Getting frisky actually helps you snooze.

Sure, sex literally arouses your body, but it also releases feel-good hormones and lowers stress-related hormones. That relaxes your body and gets you ready for sleep. On the other hand, neglecting your sleep needs can be a major killer for your sex drive. Just remember: more sex, more sleep, repeat.

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QUESTION 4

Which oh-so-sleepy claim is a myth?

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Avoid going into sleep debt.

Yes, you can theoretically trim off a few hours of sleep during your weeknights and enjoy a 12-hour hibernation on Saturday night, but this isn’t a habit you want to get into. Sleeping in on the weekends can throw off your weekday sleep cycle, making you groggy during the week and creating a vicious cycle that requires you to need more Zzzs on weekends. While you might not want to wake up at your M-F 5:30 AM on the weekends, the more closely you can stick to a consistent sleep schedule all week long, the better.

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QUESTION 5

Which #fitfam claim is a myth?

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Go ahead and exercise at night.

It’s a personal choice: Some people might find that late-night workouts promote insomnia, but the opposite could be true for others. It may be the case that a vigorous 8 pm sweat sesh can actually help you fall asleep better, so see what works for you. For the best results from your workouts, make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night, which will give you more energy to tackle your workouts (whenever you choose to do them) with everything you got.

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QUESTION 6

Which insomnia-fighting claim is a myth?

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Turn off the screens before bedtime.

If you suspect stress is hurting your sleep habits, you’ve got a range of options to bring down those cortisol levels. Chamomile tea and warm baths and showers are two great options, but you can also meditate, stretch, journal, and do breathing exercises. Skip the screens, though. It may seem relaxing to indulge in your favorite shows, but the blue light throws off your internal clock and may make it harder to fall asleep.

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QUESTION 7

Which claim about snoring is a myth?

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Lifestyle may impact snoring.

Experts have found a correlation between snoring a multiple lifestyle factors, including diet, alcohol and drug use, and weight, even in snoring not caused by sleep apnea. Before you invest in ear plugs for your partner, take comfort from the fact that snoring CAN be treated, using lifestyle tweaks, nasal strips, and—yep—a new sleep position. Turns out, sleeping on your back may trigger your snoring, and turning to your side might be enough to bring that sweet, sweet silence.

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Reviewed by: Preeti Parikh, MD, . Review date: Jan. 12, 2018
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