Sure, we have all heard plenty of superstitions from our parents and grandparents but have you ever actually took the time to break them down? Some of those old superstitions are a lot more realistic than you might assume, and casting them all aside might not be the best idea.

Don’t get me wrong, opening up an umbrella inside isn’t going to cause you bad luck for the rest of your life but some of those superstitions you may have heard through the years could hold more truth than you think. Below I am going to go over some of the superstitions that are actually true. Peculiar or not, your Grandma was right.

7 Superstitions That Are Actually True

1. Counting sheep will help you sleep.

For many of us, our inability to sleep comes from our neverending thoughts. This is exactly why counting sheep works: the more distracted we are the easier it is for us to fall asleep. If you strictly focus on the sheep, you will fall asleep quickly but if you fight it, things might take longer.

2. Chocolate will get rid of cramps.

Dark chocolate works wonders on cramps. You see, chocolate contains a lot more than just sugar. It has a calming effect on us and can even help someone who is feeling anxious relax.

3. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Apples are very healthy and good for us. The more we eat them the better. Not just apples but all fruits and veggies. If you want to be healthy having a healthy diet will really make all the difference. If you eat well, doctors visits might not need to be as frequent.

4. Full moons make people a little crazy.

There is a lot of research out there that suggests the full moon can and will make us all a little cooky. The moon affects a lot of things you might not realize it does. It can also make it a bit harder for you to sleep.

5. A long difficult labor means the baby is a boy.

While this might be a strange assessment it has been proven. Researchers aren’t sure why but back in 2003 a team actually analyzed over eight thousand births from a single hospital that showed women who were in labor for longer ended up much more likely to give birth to boys. This could be because boys tend to weigh more at birth than girls do, but honestly, your guess is as good as mine.

6. Chicken soup will help get rid of a cold.

Chicken soup does actually reduce inflammation within the body by slowing down the cells responsible for it. Since it is one of the easiest things to eat when you’re sick it is all the more useful. Whether you like it or not, it definitely has its benefits.

7. Eating cheese will sometimes give you nightmares.

I know, I know, this one is a stretch but it is truer than not. There are lots of scientific theories that suggest eating something overly cheesy before bed could because of the bacterial and fungal elements of cheese cause nightmares somehow. It just depends on the type of cheese and how the person’s body reacts to said cheese.

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