Facts about sleep

Sleep deprivation can kill you, Surprising facts about sleep

Facts about sleep:

Facts about sleep

The longest-sleeping mammals at 22 hours Photo credit: askideas.com

A well sleeping night is such a reward after our whole day of working, It relaxes our body and refreshes our mind. However, people have different habits in terms of sleeping. There are some who value the 8 hours sleep rule, while some tend to neglect the importance of good sleeping habits.

Are you wondering what exactly happened to us when we are sleeping? mostly doesn’t have an idea.

Thankfully, science has good studies on this. If you are interested to know the  surprising facts about sleep keep on reading;

According to the Sleep Better Council:

  1. What goes on when you sleep:
    • Your brain recharges
    • the body releases essential hormones.
    • cells repair themselves
  2. You need different amounts of sleep depending on your age:
    • Newborns (0 – 3 months): 14 – 17 hours
    • Infants (4 – 11 months): 12 – 15 hours
    • Toddlers (1 – 2 years): 11 – 14 hours
    • Preschoolers (3 – 5): 10 – 13 hours
    • School-age children (6 – 13): 9 – 11 hours
    • Teenagers (14 – 17): 8 – 10 hours
    • Younger adults (18 – 25): 7 – 9 hours
    • Adults (26 – 64): 7 – 9 hours
    • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7 – 8 hours
  3. Men have dreams about other men 70% of the time. But women dream about women and men equally.
  4. We can only dream about faces we’ve already seen, whether we actively remember them or not.
  5. Parasomnia is a type of sleep disorder that makes you do unnatural movements, despite being asleep, such as sleep-driving, writing bad checks, murder, child molestation, and rape.
  6. 12% of people dream only in black and white, a number that used to be higher prior to the advent of color televisions.
  7. Dreaming is normal. People who do not dream generally have personality disorders.
  8. Sleep positions may determine your personality.
    • Fetal (41%) – Gruff initially but have warm and open hearts
    • Log (15%) – Social butterflies
    • The Yearner (13%) – Perceived as open but truly suspicious
    • Soldier/Corpse (8%) – Reserved
    • Freefall (7%) – Fun and fantastic at parties
    • Starfish (5%) – Excellent listeners
  9. British soldiers were the first to develop a method of staying up 36 hours without sleep. When fatigued, they put on special visors that emulated the brightness of a sunrise, and it woke them up.
  10. Koalas are the longest-sleeping mammals (at 22 hours a day) while giraffes, which sleep only 1.9 hours a day (in 5- to 10-minute increments) are the shortest-sleeping.
  11. When dolphins sleep, only half their brain shuts down. The other half stays awake to help with breathing cycles.
  12. You’ll die from sleep deprivation before starvation. It takes 2 weeks to starve, but 10 days without sleep can kill you.
  13. Blind people can still see images in dreams.
  14. Within 5 minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten, and within 10 minutes, 90% is gone.

If you are having a hard time to create a good sleeping habit, try to do the below suggestions:

Stick and be Strict to your sleeping schedule. 

By doing this consistently you are reinforcing your body’s sleep-wake cycle. Weekends shouldn’t be exempted as much as possible, but in case it is an avoidable try to limit the difference.

Limit day time naps

Fifteen to thirty minutes nap should be the maximum so it would not affect your nighttime sleep. And avoid having a nap in the late afternoon.

Create a relaxing ambiance

Your room or the bed area should be the spot for sleeping purposes only. As much as possible do not do any work-related when already at the bed. Leave your laptop far from your sleeping area so it will not distract you. Few indoor plants can be helpful as well to have a relaxing ambiance in your room.

Leave the worries for now

Pray and be thankful for your entire day. Leave the worries about your work or anything for the following day. We would like those positive things will be the last thoughts in our mind before we finally sleep. It will help us to have a relaxing night and positive vibes for the following day to face whatever issues we have.

Thanks for dropping by, and have a good night sleep.

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