People who sleep for long hours may suffer from problems such as sleep apnoea.
By: DoctorNDTV |Wed, Jul 27, 2011
Myth 1: To function best, you need to get eight hours. Reality: Everyone has different sleep needs and patterns, and you'll know you're getting enough when you don't feel like nodding off in a boring situation in the afternoon.
Myth 2: More sleep is always healthier. Reality: People who sleep for long hours may suffer from problems such as sleep apnoea, depression, diabetes that make them spend more time in bed.
Myth 3: When we get older, we need less sleep. Reality: It's more difficult to sleep as you get older but we still need all of it.
Myth 4: You can make up for lost sleep over the weekend. Reality: The body requires consistency when it comes to sleeping patterns. It's not healthy to sleep for 4 hours on weekdays and 20 hours on weekends.
Myth 5: Some people only need a few hours of sleep. Reality: Too little sleep is bad for anyone's health. Nobody can stay healthy without adequate rest and sleep.