In a previous post, Reasons You Wake Up Tired Even After A Long Night Sleep, we touched a couple of things on the subject, sleep, and we recommend you read it to grasp more on this article. Sleep is very essential in the life of every living creature, humans and animal alike. It has several benefits and barely no negative sides aside laziness, however, there are certain facts about sleep you need to know to appreciate it better.
During this subconscious process, the human body systems enter an anabolic state, building up the immune, nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems. Sleep is also observed by animals – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, and, in some form, in insects and even in simpler animals such as nematodes. Not withstanding, check out these amazing facts about the act of sleeping.
1. You can talk while sleeping but it is impossible to sneeze while sleeping.
2. Sleeping less than 7 hours each night reduces your life expectancy.
3. The best time to store memories in your brain is while sleeping.
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4. Parents of new babies miss out on six months worth of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life.
5. In an experiment, it was discovered that a bright light shone on the back of the knees can reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock.
6. Humans spend one third of their life sleeping. A 75 year old must have spent about 25 years of his life sleeping.
7. Before alarm clocks were invented, there were paid-human-alarm-clock called “knocker-ups.” They usually tap on client’s windows with long sticks until they were awake.
8. Most people can survive for up to 2 months without eating, but people can only live up to 11 days without sleeping.
9. In 1849, David Atchison became President of the United States for just one day. Guess what? He spent most of the day sleeping.
10. According to a study, people experience better sleep during the new moon and worse sleep during a full moon.
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11. The state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning is called Dysania, not laziness.
12. 40% of adult sleep on the same side of the bed everyday.
13. Neuroscientists believe babies don’t dream for the first few years of their life.
14. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
15. Sea otters hold hands while sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other use to waves.
16. In Japan, sleeping on a job is acceptable, as it’s viewed as exhaustion from working hard. In Nigeria, sleeping in the office means you went clubbing the previous night or you are lazy.
17. A snail can sleep for 3 years.
18. Drinking caffeine in the evening delays the human brain in releasing melatonin and interrupts circadian rhythm by 40 minutes.
19. In darkness, most people eventually adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 36 hours of activity followed by a 12 hours sleep. The reasons are still unclear.
20. 8% of Americans sleep naked.
21. The average person in France sleeps 8.83 hours per day, the most in any developed world. The average working class person in Lagos sleeps 5 hours per day.
22. A research found out that women experience significantly more nightmares than men and have more emotional dreams.
23. The chances of eating a spider while sleep throughout a lifetime is close to 0%.
24. Weird! Many Tibetan monks sleep upright, horses can sleep standing and rabbits often sleep with their eyes open.
25. Sleep deprivation, heart conditions, migraine, and contribute to the occurrence of nightmares.
26. In a UK Pilot survey, half of the pilots surveyed admitted to having fallen asleep while flying a passenger plane.
27. A baby’s brain can use up to 50% of the total glucose supply, which may help explain why babies need so much sleep.
28. During World War 1, a Hungarian man was shot in the frontal lobe, making it impossible for him to fall asleep. However, he continued to live sleepless life.
29. Lack of sleep can cause weight gain of 2 pounds (0.9 kg) in under a week.
30. Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.
31. Some deaf people make sign language in their sleep.
32. The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days.
32. Koalas sleep up to 20 hours a day.
33. Morphine derives its name from Morpheus, the god of sleep and dreaming in Greek Mythology, for its tendency to cause sleep.
34. John Lennon, English singer and songwriter, sometimes liked to sleep in an old coffin.
35. Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period.