A poor night's sleep can drag your entire day down, but with so many sleep tips out there, it can be hard to tell what brings the ZZZs and what's no more than a myth. Take this quiz to see if you can separate fact from fiction.
What's the minimum number of hours of sleep recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
True or false: The average person gets just six hours of sleep each night.
True or false: Your brain and body shut down completely when you sleep.
True or false: Napping provides the same long-term health benefits of nighttime sleep.
How many hours of sleep do teens need each night?
- seven to eight hours
- nine to 10 hours
- 10 to 12 hours
True or false: More than 70 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder.
True or false: Night-shift workers are more likely than those with a standard work schedule to experience a car crash.
True or false: Opening the window or listening to the radio is a good way to stay awake while driving.
How long do people sleep on average when given unlimited opportunity for sleep with no interruptions?
- 7 to 7.5 hours
- 8 to 8.5 hours
- 9 to 9.5 hours
True or false: Elderly people need less sleep than middle-aged adults.
What’s the ideal length for a nap?
- 20 minutes
- 45 minutes
- 90 minutes
True or false: A tired child will always act lethargic.
How long does it take for the effects of caffeine to wear off?
- one to two hours
- three to five hours
- six to eight hours
True or false: Exercise can help you sleep, as long as it's done no later than two to three hours before bed.
What percentage of adults snore?
- 10 percent
- 25 percent
- 50 percent
True or false: Everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
Which of the following is NOT one of the most common sleep disorders in the U.S.?
- sleep walking
- restless legs syndrome
True or false: It takes the average person at least 30 minutes to fall asleep at night.
True or false: Once you get into bed, you should stay there, no matter how long it takes you to fall asleep.
True or false: Drinking alcohol before bed can reduce the quality of sleep.
True or false: The ideal temperature range for sleeping is 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (16 to 19 degrees Celsius).
True or false: Taking a hot bath before bed can help you fall asleep.
Which of these is the ideal bedtime snack?
- cereal and milk
True or false: Eating turkey will put you to sleep because it contains tryptophan.
You should avoid artificial light — and your phone — for a full hour before bed.
True or false: Eating a big meal before bed will help you sleep longer.
True or false: You can reset your biological sleep clock by one to two hours each night at most.
True or false: You should keep a consistent sleep schedule seven days a week.
True or false: Sleeping too much can be as bad as sleeping too little.
True or false: You can reverse the effects of poor sleep habits by repaying your sleep debt.