October 27, 2021

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Sleep Experts Debunk 13 More Sleep Myths | Debunked

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Sleep experts Girardin Jean-Louis and Rebecca Robbins debunk 13 more myths about sleep. They talk about the effects of hitting snooze, how to deal with jet lag, and the importance of sleeping positions in getting a good night’s sleep. They also explain the dangers of sleep apnea — in fact, it can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Jean-Louis is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Miami. His research primarily focuses on sleep and circadian health. He was previously a professor of population health and psychiatry at NYU Langone Health. You can learn more about his past work here: https://med.nyu.edu/faculty/girardin-jean-louis

Robbins is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate scientist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her work involves designing behavioral interventions to improve sleep and circadian health. You can learn more about her work here: http://www.rebecca-robbins.com/

Timecodes:
0:00 Intro
0:42 It’s better to be a morning person than a night owl
1:30 Sleeping positions don’t matter
2:31 The cure for jet lag is not sleeping all night
3:25 Hitting snooze will give you extra meaningful rest
4:34 Napping makes up for lack of sleep at night
5:03 Taking melatonin will make you fall asleep immediately
5:56 If you pulled an all-nighter, sleep as soon as possible
6:51 Dreams only last for a few seconds
7:47 If you snore, you have sleep apnea
8:56 Insomnia means you can’t fall asleep
9:34 If you can fall asleep anywhere and at any time it means you’re a "good sleeper"
10:26 More sleep is always better
11:11 Nightmares and night terrors are the same

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Sleep Experts Debunk 13 More Sleep Myths | Debunked