10 false facts (that are ruining your sleep)

Join sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus as he debunks 10 sleep myths! Can you function well on less than five hours of sleep? Is more sleep better? Can you make up for lost sleep on the weekend? Dr. Breus explains some of our top misconceptions about sleep, and gives you some tips for how to sleep better.

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0:00 Debunking Sleep Myths
0:29 Five Hours of Sleep or Less
1:01 More Sleep is Better
1:35 Loud Snoring is Normal
2:07 Alcohol and Weed Help Your Sleep
2:45 If You Can't Sleep, Stay in Bed
3:15 Older People Need Less Sleep
3:45 Weekends Make Up Sleep Debt
4:12 Turkey and Warm Milk
4:41 The Snooze Button Helps You Sleep
5:11 Long Naps are Best for Sleep

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16 Comments

  1. Thank you doctor you said it’s good to get 7 hours sleep to feel fully rested I remember you said you only get six and a half I also only get 6 and a half hours sleep and feel fine

  2. Would love sleep tips to get 7-9 hours with a new baby 😂 in all seriousness, interested in how one can make sleep most effective assuming a baby waking them every few hours. Any studies on that?

  3. Thank you, really appreciate your channel! I’m confused about one point, which is the question of staying in bed if you can’t sleep. One of your recent videos said it’s better to stay in bed because even if you’re just resting it is restorative. Yet in this video you advise to get up and do something in low lighting. Which is it? Thx!

    1. The last video was about getting back to sleep if you were already sleeping. Stay in bed.

      This video is about going to sleep from the start. If you can’t fall asleep, get up after about 15 minutes of trying, and go back to bed once you feel sleepy.

    2. Yeah, I’m doing better since I gave up on that “get up and do something else” nonsense. Reading in particular has never helped me get back to sleep, but just relaxing in bed, not *trying* to sleep, often does the trick now.

  4. I don’t remember the last time I got undisturbed sleep. The closest I got recently was after doing an eleven mile hike after five hours the night before. In other words, I can only get “normal” sleep if I expend everything I have throughout the day

  5. Conflicting information from one video to the next especially about getting out of bed, etc. Am beginning to doubt his credibility.

    1. No conflict. You’re just not paying attention. The last video was about getting back to sleep if you were already sleeping. Stay in bed.

      This video is about going to sleep from the start. If you can’t fall asleep, get up after about 15 minutes of trying, and go back to bed once you feel sleepy.

  6. Wonderfully detailed information on all things sleep, easy to understand and follow. I can put all this information to use right away! Thanks for the helpful and useful video Dr. Michael!👋👍

  7. Putting it mildly, the state of “knowledge” about sleep is in a state of continuous flux. I can remember when a sleep cycle was supposed to consist of 4 NREM + 1 REM stages; now it is supposed to consist of 3 NREM + 1 REM stages …

  8. I think researchers don’t know nearly as much about sleep as they think they do, although they have made some advances in the last 10 years. There is still too much left to know to be so very confident in recommendations.

    I have apnea, under good control for many years. I am older, and would say I definitely have irregularities in my circadian rhythms. I’ve tried tricks with indoor lighting, but there’s just been no effect at all.

    There are two things I was told to do that I have rejected outright, after months of implementing them, and experiencing not just no benefits, but actual harms. First, if I go to bed in the evening and can’t get to sleep in 15 minutes, I don’t get up. At least not always. Mostly, I remain in bed. I pray. (Some people will hate that idea.) I don’t sweat it (don’t get upset or anxious). I have learned the hard way that I cannot control this type of event and that I just need to roll with it. Sooner or later, I do fall asleep, and often it is high quality sleep. I just can’t switch it on or off as I used to. If I really am stuck on some problem or snag that I have been trying to sort out, it may keep nagging me awake. Then I get up, and take a few notes for all the thoughts that have been plaguing me. Once I know they are safely available for tomorrow, I return to bed, and generally can sleep right away.

    Second, I never hit the snooze alarm. Yes, I know you told me not to, but the reason is that I never set an alarm in the first place. I sleep until I awaken naturally. If my awakening varies by an hour, I have the advantage that I do not have to rise to get to a job any more; I’m retired. But I generally wake up within a ten-minute period every morning anyway. If I’m late, it’s because I needed that sleep. And if I have an appointment or something, I remind myself when I go to bed what time I need to get up. Then I sleep, and I wake up when I told myself to. I think that’s a learned ability, but I’ve had it ever since adolescence or early adulthood. I wonder how many people have ever tried it. I don’t guarantee it will work immediately, but with practice it may come. Set your alarm five or ten minutes later, but tell yourself to wake up before. You may get there, and end up tossing out the alarm. Something to sleep on, anyway.

  9. I don‘t get it. In a previous video you are advising to stay in bed, talking about a regenerative deep rest, that this is good for us too. That’s actually what I am doing and I am much better after than getting up. Actually this getting up tip always stressed me out immensely. I enjoy laying in bed even if I don’t sleep, why should I get up? Now I feel really confused…

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