As you know, each week, I’ll focus on some common beliefs about saving/spending money and we’ll find out if they are fact or myth. I’ve found that there are a lot of common misconceptions about saving money. Nothing that will drain your wallet faster than falling into a trap. So, I’d like to clear up some of these myths and get to the truth behind them. Do have your own fact or myth questions? Feel free to email me (or post them in the comments) and I’ll feature them in a later volume and fill you in on whether they are fact or myth. This week I’m tired, so I wanted to focus on sleep myths.  What does sleep have to do with money?  Actually a lot.  Being sleep deprived can make you perform poorly at your job, reduce your motivation to either spend less or earn more, and there’s even a study that shows sleep deprivation causes you to be more optimistic about your money leading you to make risky investments and spend more.  Who knew?  Anyway, here we go with this week’s questions:

Question #1: I need 8 hours of sleep each night – MYTH!  In fact you may need as little as 6 hours or as much as 9 hours.  The only way you can tell what is best for you is trial and error.  Set your alarm clock at the same time each day and then pay attention to when you get sleepy, and go to bed.  Your body will adjust to the new wake up time and tell you exactly how much sleep you need.  Listen to it!

Question #2: Caffeine makes me less tired – MYTH!  Caffeine will make you feel less sleepy, but it doesn’t undo your lack of sleep.  Exhaustion will catch up to you.  Coffee can also cause make you even more tired by keeping you up late or disrupting your sleep.  The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is by cutting out caffeine altogether.  Or, if you’re like me and can’t give up your daily cup of joe, keep it to just one cup and not past 2 p.m.

Question #3: You need to ease yourself into sleep – FACT!  You can’t just assume that because you’re in bed that you’re going to fall asleep.  You need adequate sleep preparation.  Turn off electronics one hour before bedtime (which I’ll be the first to admit is not an easy thing to do!).  Settle down by dimming the lights, taking a warm bath, reading a book or listening to soft music.

So what about you? Do you feel like you get the right amount of sleep each night or are you perpetually tired?  Let me know in the comments.

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4 Responses to Fact or Myth – Sleep edition

  1. I’m perpetually tired in the morning, but drink coffee non-stop (even late at night) – so I’m usually “good to go” for anything.

    I get about 5 hours of sleep at night (12am-5am), which is usually good for me. There are people out there that need even less. My old roommate from college would sleep only 3 hours every night and was a perky as a woodpecker every morning :)

    • Rebecca says:

      Wow only 5 hours of sleep each night? That would be killer for me. I definitely need my 8 hours. Don’t even get me started on your friend – 3 hours? I would not be able to function one bit.

  2. Valarie S. says:

    Left to my own devices, I like 9-10 hours per night, ongoing. But I rise at 4:45 during the week for work, so force myself to go to bed at 9 p.m. My butt is dragging by the end of the week, so weekends are needed to recharge. I still try to get to bed by 10 so as to not get completely out of sync.

    • Rebecca says:

      4:45 is an early morning. I can relate as my little one was waking up that early for quite a while. He’s finally sleeping in a little bit more and it’s been nice. Hope you got to catch up this weekend! Thanks for stopping by :)

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