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The importance of sleep

MYTH: You can "cheat" sleep debt

FACT: Let’s face it, our busy lives mean we all burn the candle at both ends during the week.


By the weekend, “sleep debt” creeps up on us like nobody’s business.

MYTH: You can "cheat" sleep debt

MYTH: Insomnia is simply difficulty dropping off

FACT: There are actually four symptoms of insomnia.

Alongside not being able to fall asleep, there’s waking up too early and not being able to drift off again, waking up repeatedly throughout the night, and waking feeling unrefreshed (we’re feeling tired just thinking about it!)

MYTH: Insomnia is simply difficulty dropping off

MYTH: Alcohol helps you zzzzzz better

FACT: Some people use alcohol to help when they can’t sleep.

However, while you may feel a good glug calms you and helps you drop off, it actually boosts the number of times you wake during the night.

MYTH: Alcohol helps you zzzzzz better

MYTH: Eating turkey makes you sleepy

FACT: We’ve all been victim of the post-Christmas lunch slump on December 25th,  but is turkey to blame?

It’s commonly believed the sleepy chemical tryptophan in turkey has the effect of sending us to sleep.

However, turkey contains no more tryptophan than other meats.

MYTH: Eating turkey makes you sleepy

MYTH: Snoozing less keeps you thin

FACT: Most people think the more time you’re awake, the more active you’ll be, burning up calories and staying slimmer. Makes sense, right?

Surprisingly, studies show cutting back on sleep can actually have the opposite effect, increasing your chance of gaining weight.

MYTH: Snoozing less keeps you thin

MYTH: Never wake a sleepwalker

FACT: Sleepwalking affects around 20 per cent of children, and it usually runs in the family, (although most adults grow out of it – phew!).

MYTH: Never wake a sleepwalker

MYTH: Snoring is harmless

FACT: Snoring can be a sign of a bigger problem, especially if it leaves you feeling incredibly tired throughout the day.

Sleep apnea is a condition where people wake frequently – sometimes hundreds of times – during the night, gasping for breath. This can put a huge strain on your heart (who knew?).

MYTH: Snoring is harmless

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Bhupesh Panchal,
Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: Apr 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.