7 Myths That Are Sabotaging Your Health

It’s extremely important to be vaccinated against the flu.Shutterstock

Eating fat does not make you fat.

No matter how hard you try, you cannot make up for lost sleep on the weekends.

If you think getting the flu shot will give you influenza, it’s time to reconsider where you get your information.

Do you ever feel like you’re on information overload when it comes to your health? Depending on what’s trending online, what’s good for you one day is considered pure evil the next. And with so many people weighing in on the latest nutrition, exercise, sleep, and overall wellness crazes, it can be hard to know who to believe.

That’s why INSIDER talked with four experts about some of the more common health myths that seem to be scrapped more than others.

Myth: You can make up for lost sleep on the weekends.

Do you ever get to the weekend and think you can finally get caught up on all of the sleep you missed during your hectic week? Catching up on sleep sounds nice, but it doesn't work quite work the way you think it does.

"Short sleep all week followed by sleep binging on the weekends isn't ideal for your long-term health," sleep expert Chris Brantner told INSIDER. In fact, although you might feel better on Saturday, it can actually mess you up for the rest of the week. What often happens, said Brantner, is that people barely sleep during the work week, then sleep in late on Saturdays and Sundays to try and make up.

Even though you're catching a few more Z's on the weekend, this method of sleep throws off your entire schedule.

"The result is that you have a harder time to get to sleep on Sunday evening, which sets you up for a terrible Monday, not to mention for a totally messed up sleep schedule during the week," he explained. Brantner recommended setting both a bedtime and a wake time for yourself and doing your best to stick to it all week long, including the weekends.

Sleeping in on the weekends may actually be harming your health.Gengwit Wattakawigran/Shutterstock

Myth: Getting the flu shot can give you the flu.

You've probably heard this from your friend who is dead-set against getting the flu shot. But turns out they're mistaken because, "the flu shot cannot make you sick with influenza," Dr. Tania Elliott, board-certified Allergist and Internist and Chief Medical Officer at EHE, told INSIDER.

According to Elliott, vaccinations may contain viruses, but they've been inactivated and are incapable of making you ill. However, because the flu shot can lead to potential side effects like body aches and low-grade fever that may overlap with certain flu symptoms, people mistakenly conflate the two.

"It’s extremely important to be vaccinated against the flu, which makes this myth damaging to individuals and the community alike," she explained. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that most people without extenuating medical circumstances get an annual vaccination for their own health, and the public's.

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