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Busting the Myths About Sleep and Its Disorders

You might just sleep better once these six misconceptions about sleep health are put to rest.

Mia Zaharna, MD, MPH

A certain amount of sound sleep is necessary for optimal health and can affect hormone levels, mood, and weight. However, sleep problems, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, and restless legs syndrome are common.

In spite of being common, sleep and the problems associated with it are widely misunderstood. Here we address some of the myths.

Mia Zaharna, MD, MPH, is a Kaiser Permanente sleep physician at the San Jose Regional Sleep Medicine Laboratory. Henry I. Miller, MDA, a physician and molecular biologist, is the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. This article was adapted from a longer piece in Forbes.com.