If I want to argue against something commonly accepted to be true, can I say:
While common credence dictates that eight hours of uninterrupted sleep is absolutely essential, recent studies have shown that sleeping less and more often is more beneficial.
Does the structure "While common credence dictates...it is actually..." make sense?
Because, all the example uses I have seen of the word "credence" seem to make it appear like it isn't something that is owned by someone (like common sense, which is what I'm after,) but rather it is something that an idea/theory has.
Is there a better word/phrase I can use? Or does this one after all make sense?