7. You can always catch up on sleep later, right?
The saying ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’ may be eerily truer than you might think. Chronic sleep loss is a real thing, a problem that cannot be resolved as easily as sleeping late on some nights to make up for less sleep on others. Basically, each late-night contributes to a growing amount of sleep you’ve lost that can end up leading to harmful symptoms resulting from a lack of sleep. One study, in particular, suggests you can never fully recover, no matter how much you sleep. Essentially this means that some effects of sleep deprivation are unfortunately permanent.
6. Snacking Before Bed?
While heavy meals, especially those with carbs, may make you full and sleepy, they are not without consequences. Carbohydrates increase tryptophan, which raises the body’s sleep-inducing serotonin levels. However, much like alcohol consumption, while a meal heavy in carbs may get you to sleep, the quality of that sleep will be diminished. Protein can also help you get to sleep, so the ideal sleep-inducing meal will have a combination of carbs and protein- but it should also be no more than a light snack, eaten hours before bed. You should also skip other eating habits that ruin your sleep.
5. How Bad is it that I Snore?
While many may associate snoring with sleep as something that’s normal or natural, the truth is that is not always the case. Sometimes snoring is actually one symptom of a serious problem, most notably, obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. This basically means that airways suffer blockage when one is sleeping, which leads to constantly interrupted sleep as your body wakes you to ensure you get enough oxygen. This, in turn, leads one to significantly poorer sleep quality. If that isn’t bad enough, there are other side effects of OSA, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and obesity.