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4 Common Sleep Myths that May Help Your Insomnia

By Therese J. Borchard
Associate Editor

4 Common Sleep Myths that May Help Your InsomniaInsomnia is often aggravated and kept going by a set of false beliefs.

Sometimes we don’t even realize what we believe about sleep — and how those beliefs trigger anxiety and compromise a good night’s sleep — until those beliefs are laid out before us. In their book, Quiet Your Mind & Get to Sleep, authors Colleen Carney, Ph.D. and Rachel Manber, Ph.D. list several myths about sleep and explain why they are not helpful.

They have helped me in my most recent bout of insomnia, and I’m hoping they can help you, too.

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4 Common Sleep Myths that May Help Your Insomnia

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  1. That whole thing about sleep drunken stage lasting longer for night people is so true. I never knew the name until this article. But, as a night person living in this morning person world, my biological clock is all screwed up. I feel tired and lethargic for most of the day until around 3:00 p.m. when I start to wake up. Evening through night hours are when I feel most productive. But of course, having to get up at 6:30 a.m. every day has taken it’s toll on me. So, I feel like I have narcalepsy (the movie version,) where one second I’m doing something and the next second I’ve crashed into sleep….

    In the morning I am not productive at all. I try to keep my head down at work and stick with easy tasks for as long as possible.

    When I don’t have to wake up at 6:30 a.m. every day and can fall into my natural rhythm, my schedule is to get up around 11:00 a.m. or noon, and go to bed between 2:30 and 4:00 a.m.

  2. Good information. So many misconceptions abound about sleep. Sleep is very dynamic, changing naturally and sometimes artificially as we age. The idea that we should sleep eight solid hours every night can drive a person to work hard to control their sleep through rigid beliefs, behaviors and through sleeping pills. Sleep seems to become polyphasic in our later years, reverting back to infant/childhood sleep in that way (e.g., 1st sleep, 2nd sleep).

  3. The only thing that helped me cure my sleep problems is the book “The Effortless Sleep Method:The Incredible New Cure for Insomnia and Chronic Sleep Problems”. It’s a life-saver!!! No more sleepless nights for me!!!!!

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