Rumors About Sleep: What to Believe

There are certain truths about sleep that are well known by simple instinct and experience. Most of us are well aware that we need sufficient sleep in order to be healthy and function on all cylinders. Dr. Erpenbach has dedicated part of his dental practice to helping patients with sleep issues (such as snoring and sleep apnea) get the sleep…

There are certain truths about sleep that are well known by simple instinct and experience. Most of us are well aware that we need sufficient sleep in order to be healthy and function on all cylinders. Dr. Erpenbach has dedicated part of his dental practice to helping patients with sleep issues (such as snoring and sleep apnea) get the sleep they need for a high quality of life. In spite of the internet at our fingertips, misinformation is still commonly dispersed. 

Many People Are Fine with a Few Hours of Sleep a Night

Alright – yes, there are those rare cases of people who can function with minimal sleep and still lead a productive and balanced life. However, most of us need to shoot for something around that eight hour mark. Even losing just an hour of sleep a night can potentially affect your sharpness, ability to respond quickly, and intellectual capacity. You can pay attention to your body to determine the proper amount of sleep that’s just right for you, but bear in mind that even minor sleep deficiencies can have a detrimental effect on energy levels, cardiovascular health, and strength of the immune system. Try to maintain the same sleep schedule every night to maintain a consistent circadian rhythm.

You Can “Bank” Sleep

If sleeping was like balancing a checkbook, you could burn the candle at both ends and make up for the negative balance on the weekends, when you have more time. Unfortunately, sleep debts can’t be paid off that way. Circadian rhythms rely on regular sleep patterns. The best goal is to try to go to bed at the same time every night (even on the weekends) and wake up at the same time each morning. Most people love to “sleep in” when they can, but if you find that you feel even more tired when you get that extra few hours on Saturday or Sunday, consider setting your alarm on the weekend and see if you don’t end up feeling much more productive throughout the day.

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Visit Dr. Erpenbach by calling 865-329-7815 to schedule your appointment at your local Knoxville dentist office. We serve residents of West Knoxville and the Bearden area.