You're fooling yourself about sleep

Here are 10 very wrong, unhealthy assumptions we often make about sleep, an act in which we spend an estimated third of our lives.

  • Adults need five or fewer hours of sleep
  • It's healthy to be able to fall asleep 'anywhere, anytime'
  • Your brain and body can adapt to less sleep
  • Snoring, although annoying, is mostly harmless
  • Drinking alcohol before bed helps you fall sleep
  • Not sleeping? Stay in bed with eyes closed and try and try
  • It doesn't matter what time of day you sleep
  • Watching TV in bed helps you relax
  • Hitting snooze is great! No need to get up right away
  • Remembering your dreams is a sign of good sleep

CNN: You're fooling yourself about sleep