With the internet and an abundance of technology, there are plenty of myths out there. Some may even refer to them as “fake news.” The following are some sleep myths, or fake sleep news, that you should stop believing.
The first is that a lack of sleep won’t affect your long-term health. This is one of the biggest lies. In fact, not getting enough sleep puts you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and it could lead to considerable weight gain and depression. Another myth is that the older you get, the less sleep you require.
The CDC generally recommends the same amount of sleep for people ages 18 to 60. As you get older, the change in recommendation is negligible. Seven to nine for people ages 61 to 62 and seven to eight hours for 65 and older. One other myth is you must get eight hours of sleep a night. A person's sleep need is genetically pre-determined – meaning some people need a little more, and others need a little less.