3 Sleep Myths You Shouldn't Fall For

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Hi, I'm Dr. Oz, and here's a smart tip if you have trouble sleeping. Don't fall for these three sleep myths that you should wake up about. First off, I can make up for lost sleep on the weekends. Many of us skimp on sleep during the workweek only to spend half the weekend sprawled out on the couch. Unfortunately, sleep debt isn't so easily repaid.

In one study, patients who slept less than six hours a night during the week, but crashed for 10 hours or more on Saturday and Sunday still showed strong signs of sleep deprivation. Myth two, I'm okay with less sleep if I don't feel sleepy. It's true that some people are hardwired to need shockingly little sleep but they are a rare breed. Most folks just misjudge how walloped they are and chronic sleeplessness leaves a significant cognitive deficits. And the third myth, that the only drawback to a short sleep, is I feel tired.

There's a lot of evidence that chronic sleeplessness hurts your physical, emotional and mental well being. It [xx] the higher risks of everything from obesity to depression. So do everything you can to get sleep you need, it's crucial for your health and your well being. For more great ways to sleep better, watch all of our smart health tips, right here.