The Truth About Sleep

Take a break from counting sheep and take a second to learn the truth about sleep.

Try to keep your sleep schedule consistent, even on days when you don’t need to wake up early.

People have a lot to say about how to sleep better, but it's time to dispel some common sleep myths. Eight is not a magic number. Everyone is different when it comes to the optimal number of hours needed to sleep each night. And while most of us need a rock solid eight hours, some people need less, or more. Adults need anywhere from 7 to 9 hours.

More sleep is not always better for you.  Studies have shown that too much sleep could be linked to health issues like sleep apnea, depression, or diabetes.

When it comes to sleep, you can’t make up for lost time. While sleeping in on the weekends may feel great, it could actually make it more difficult to get the refreshing sleep your body needs.  Try to keep your sleep schedule consistent, even on days when you don’t need to wake up early.
Sleep meds don't always solve the problem. While prescription medication can help solve short-term insomnia problems like taking a long flight, there are better options for those suffering from a chronic sleep disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help change your perception of sleep and solve insomnia problems long term.

Be familiar with your own needs and how to achieve them nightly. If you're having a problem with your sleep and it's happening more than once or twice a month, or it's been going on for more than a week, it may be time to make an appointment to see your healthcare provider before it gets worse.