Subverting 6 Sleep Myths with Dr. Rebecca Robbins
Good sleep is the foundation of our health and vitality, more important than nutrition and exercise. Keeping a healthy sleeping pattern and bedtime routine is of increasing importance since the beginning of the pandemic. However, there are many misconceptions about sleep that hinder us from developing healthy sleep habits. Here we are delighted to have Savoir’s Sleep Expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins to subvert sleep myths with us. She is also the instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Associate Scientist, Division of Sleep, Circadian Disorders at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and co-author of ‘Sleep for Success!’.
We hope to combine her research with our expertise in bespoken bedding, and truly understand the basic principles of sleep science and quality sleep.
Myth #1: For sleeping, it is better to have warmer bedroom than a cooler bedroom
High room temperature can interfere with our body’s ability to regulate proper sleep temperature. During the sleep phase of Rapid Eye Movement (REM), the brain’s thermoregulatory cells shut down, indicating that our body temperature is easily affected by the surrounding environment. Therefore, if your bedroom is too hot and too stuffy, or your sleeping surface cannot emit heat, you will wake up unexpectedly. Lower temperatures are actually best for sleep.
The bedding made of natural materials provides you with a breathable sleeping surface, which can effectively absorb moisture and allow air to circulate, helping to prevent you from overheating and keeping you cool on warm nights.
Myth #2: Adults sleep more as they get older
Our sleep needs are not the same at different stages of our lives. Babies, children, and adolescents basically need as much sleep as possible. Generally speaking, the best sleep time for adolescents is 8 to 10 hours while most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep to maintain their health. However, it is indeed difficult for the elderly (65 years and above) to get enough sleep time. Due to their reduced physiological drive for sleep, chronic diseases are more common in this group than young people.
Myth #3: Being able to fall asleep "anytime, anywhere" is a sign of a healthy sleep system
Falling asleep is actually a process that takes time. People who get enough sleep usually need 15 minutes to fall asleep. If you fall asleep immediately after lying down, it is a sign of lack of sleep. Our body has a special biological clock running to support us in the best condition. Only by developing a good life and routine can improve the quality of sleep and achieve better results. Another key to sleep quality is to maintain a good sleep schedule. Falling asleep and waking up at the same time as possible throughout the week, including weekdays and weekends.
Myth #4: A sound sleeper rarely moves at night
You may have heard that someone who sleeps well claims that he or she does not move when sleeping. However, this is a misconception. We all would have some unconscious movements in our sleep. We move an average of 18 to 30 times at night. Various positions and postures may also occur. Most movements are natural and will not wake us up. A comfortable bed can provide a variety of postures and body posture support, helping to relieve pressure points and prevent us from sleep disturbance at night.
Myth #5: During sleep, the brain is not active
On the contrary, the brain is very active in every sleep stage. Our memories or things we encounter during the day will be actively rehearsed, sorted and stored in the brain during sleep at night. In addition, the brain will clean up the toxins accumulated in daytime activities during our sleep. When sleep is disturbed, the cleaning system will fail. Therefore, maintaining a regular and stable sleep time can keep the brain awake, improve memory, work efficiency, and improve the quality of life.
Myth #6: Remembering your dreams is a sign of a good night's sleep
Everyone’s ability to remember dreams is different. Dreaming mainly occurs during the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep phase. At night, our brains are highly active and dedicated to processing the memories of the previous day, consolidating them and transferring these memories to long-term storage. However, since most of the research results rely on the self-reports of the research subjects, it is difficult to prove the positive relationship between the ability to recall dreams and high-quality sleep. However, the best indicator of a good night’s sleep is not whether you are dreaming, but how you feel after waking up in the morning.