Arguing before bed and checking your phone really do affect sleep - unlike ...

Eating cheese just before bedtime might give you more pleasant dreams, but it will not affect the quality of your slumber — unlike arguing and checking your phone.

This is just one of the sleep-related myths being busted by NHS doctor and UK television personality Ranj Singh to promote a healthier night's rest.

Other activities to avoid right before turning in for the night include exercising, eating large meals and drinking caffeinated beverages. 

Dr Singh also notes that the notion everyone requires a solid eight hours of sleep is misleading — with needs actually varying, from 7–9 hours each night.

According to recent research from Kings College London, 60 per cent of Britons have had worse sleep since lockdown began, with 16–24 year olds most impacted. 

Eating cheese just before bedtime might give you more vivid dreams, but it will not affect the quality of your slumber — unlike arguing and checking your phone. Pictured, a troubled night

Eating cheese just before bedtime might give you more vivid dreams, but it will not affect the quality of your slumber — unlike arguing and checking your phone. Pictured, a troubled night

SLEEP MYTHBUSTED 

Eating cheese ruins sleep — FALSE

Weekend lie-ins affects sleep — TRUE 

Reading too late affects sleep – FALSE

Smoking lowers sleep quality – TRUE 

Reading too late affects sleep – FALSE 

Late meals keep you awake — TRUE 

Naps ruin a night's sleep — FALSE 

Late night TV impacts sleep — TRUE

Less than eight hours is bad — FALSE

Older people sleep less — TRUE 

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'Sleep is as vital to good health as diet and exercise — and it’s often easier — yet many people believe in popular myths and rely on home sleep remedies, which may not work,' said Dr Singh, who serves as 'sleep ambassador' for Furniture Village.

'While the general impression is everyone needs eight hours of sleep, different people require different amounts

'Some people need less and others more,' he continued. 

'The common myth that eating cheese effects sleep actually has no impact at all and in reality may be associated with more pleasant dreams.'

'While having a small snack before bed is usually fine, a large meal can make it uncomfortable to lie down and keep you awake.'

'Electronics should also be avoided for at least an hour before bed as the light emitted by devices can interfere with the sleep-inducing hormones that our brains produce.'

'If you can’t sleep, it can help to do something else — like reading, ideally on a non-electronic screen — for a short period of time before trying again.'

Dr Singh's advice follows a study commissioned by Furniture Village, who polled 2,000 British adults about the factors they felt gave them a bad night's rest.

They found that people commonly complained about being too hot or cold at night, having to get up to visit the lavatory and feeling too stressed to fall asleep. 

However, researchers also identified a number of common misconceptions. For example, 14 per cent of people said that reading before bed was bad, while 11 per cent said that cheese should be avoided late at night.

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