Sleep Quiz...Test Your Sleep Knowledge!
How much do you know about sleep? You’ve probably already heard that getting enough is critical for good health and that many people have trouble achieving the quality rest they need. You know the basics, but the chances are that you hold one or two common misconceptions. Arming yourself with a few little-known facts can help you address existing sleep problems and prevent them from arising in the future.
For instance, did you know that there is no such thing as a dreamless sleep? Not everybody remembers their dreams, but everybody dreams every single night. Vivid dreaming occurs during REM or rapid eye movement sleep. REM sleep deprivation, caused by disturbed sleep, carries risks including anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and even depression in the long term.
With our bustling modern lives, it’s easy to find things to prioritize over sleep. Who hasn’t stayed up an extra hour to hammer out the last page of that report, thinking that one hour couldn’t possibly make that big of a difference?
Despite popular belief, the brain does not rest during sleep. Rather, it’s engaged in the very active process of preparing for the coming day, including consolidating the previous day’s memories. Sleeping just one hour less than you need can prevent you from learning and functioning normally.
Even if you make time to sleep well, you may suffer from one of many commonly undiagnosed sleep disorders. Many people wouldn’t seek medical attention for snoring, believing that it is at worst an annoying habit. In fact, snoring may signal a serious, life-threatening sleep disorder called sleep apnea. Sufferers of this disorder wake up multiple times through the night gasping for breath. They have a significantly increased risk of death from heart attack or stroke due to the way stalled breathing stresses the heart. Most people with sleep apnea have no memory of these repeated awakenings in the morning.
It’s tempting to believe that a sleep problem will go away on its own, but the reality is that most sleep disorders do not go away without treatment. For example, sleep apnea is the result of airway obstruction — a clear physical problem with a very good prognosis, given a timely diagnosis and the right treatment. Though many people blame stress or other psychological issues for poor sleep, these issues are far from exclusively to blame. If you experience regular daytime sleepiness, it may be worth your while to consult with your health professional, who can help ferret out any hidden sleep disorders.
Everyone can stand to be better informed about sleep, but there are certain things you can only pick up from having been in the sleep business for more than thirty years. That’s why many of our customers at Regal Sleep Solutions are referred directly by their health professional, who know that a properly fitted mattress is the first line of defense against inadequate sleep.
This Regal Sleep Solutions blog post was inspired by this short true-or-false sleep quiz by the National Sleep Foundation, designed to address twelve frequent false beliefs about sleep. We recommend that you use this quiz to test your sleep knowledge, and stay tuned to this blog for the latest in sleep science.