Have your parents ever nagged you about something ridiculous that just made you go, WTF? Here is a list that will set the record straight once and for all. Let’s see if you got them right! Feel free to take a guess before the answers are revealed.
1) “Just go catch up on that sleep on the weekends, you’ll be fine!” Says your best friend Johnny.
While sleeping more on the weekends will make you feel good for the short term, sleeping long hours on the weekend and little during weekdays upsets your circadian rhythms. Jargon aside, this pretty much means it disrupts your sleeping cycle and it encourages you to sleep late that same night and begin the whole cycle again.
2) “I naturally function on 4 hours of sleep. My body is just used to it now.” Says, once again, your best friend Johnny.
I don’t know who this Johnny* character is, but I think he should definitely check out our blog and get his facts checked out. Come to think about it, all your friends should probably check out our blog too! 😉
Anyway, researchers say that famous short sleepers such as Madonna and Kevin Rudd are so used to, what only can be described as short naps, that they are not aware that they could be functioning much better if they had a decent night’s rest. Having less than 6 hours of sleep per night will in some way inhibit a healthier you.
3) You: *Yawn*
Johnny: You should go to bed, you’re tired.
Hold on there, Johnny! Yawning does not in fact mean you are tired! There is actually no definite scientific explanation for why we yawn! Some people have said that it helps with limited oxygen in the lungs, but recently this has been proved as false because babies in the feotus are seen to yawn in the presence of no oxygen in the womb. Further, it is said that yawning can create a contagious response in 60% of people around you! But there is still little or no explanation that is sleep related.
4) You: *zZzzzz*
Johnny: Wake up! You lazy bum! You shouldn’t nap in class!
True, you shouldn’t nap in class but false that nappers are considered lazy in society. Taking a nap just before working is said to improve performance and could even save lives! A study in 1989 by NASA showed that pilots who didn’t take 25 minute naps during their long shifts, tended to nod off and lose concentration 5 times as much as those who did. So next time you are at uni, get a bit of shut eye on the lawn in between classes. But remember, nothing beats a good night’s sleep!
*likeness to any real character was not intentional and if your name is Johnny, you should not feel offended.