“Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together.”
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health and quality of life.
Although we’re supposed to be sleeping 7-9 hours each night, not just on vacations. Most of us average less than that.
Check out these fascinating facts about sleep you probably didn’t know. Hopefully, they really will put you to sleep.
1. The word “sleep” derives from the Proto-European base sleb, “to be weak,” and is related to “slack.”
2. Humans spend a third of their life sleeping (25 years or more).
3. Humans can survive longer without food than they can without sleep.
4. During the first two years of a baby’s life, new parents will miss six months of sleep on average.
5. Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity all have been linked to chronic sleep loss.
6. There are at least 84 identified sleep/wake disorders.
7. Ken Parks, who murdered his mother-in-law by bludgeoning her with a tire iron and attempted to murder his father-in-law by strangulation, offered sleepwalking as a defense during his trial. He was acquitted.
8. When applied patiently and systematically, sleep deprivation is said to be the single most effective form of coercion and torture.
9. A nineteenth-century Chinese merchant was sentenced to death for murdering his wife. Sleep deprivation was deliberately chosen as the method of execution on the grounds that it would cause the maximum amount of suffering and would serve as the greatest deterrent to other potential murderers. He eventually died on the nineteenth day, having suffered terribly.
10. The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.
11. People whose normal nightly sleep duration is either unusually short (less than four hours) or unusually long (more than nine or 10 hours) have a higher-than-average risk of dying prematurely. God please save me!
12. It’s impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision. People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.
13. Experts say one of the most alluring sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the internet.
14. Dreams may not serve any purpose at all but be merely a meaningless byproduct of two evolutionary adaptations – sleep and consciousness.
15. During sleep, the brain “consolidates” memories and skills, meaning that the brain strengthens, reorganizes, and restructures memories during sleep.
16. Experts say that if someone feels drowsy during the day, even during boring activities, they have not had enough sleep. Additionally, if a person falls to sleep in less than five minutes after lying down, they are suffering from severe sleep deprivation.
17. Children don’t react the same way to sleep deprivation as adults: while adults get sleepy, children become hyperactive. In fact, a lack of sleep can result in ADHD-like symptoms in kids. Children need an average of 9 to 10 hours of sleep each night.
18. A snoring partner wakes his non-snoring partner an average of 20 times per night, with an average sleep loss of one hour a day.
19. Upon five minutes of waking, 50% of a dream is forgotten. Within 10 minutes, 90% of it is forgotten.
20. Studies show that 85% of police officers, 80% of regional pilots, and 48% of air-traffic controllers nod off on the job. 41% of medical workers admit they have made fatigue-related mistakes. Though I am among those 59% medical worker.
21. In general, carbs make you sleepy while protein makes you more alert.
22. Insomnia is almost twice as common in women as it is in men.
23. British soldiers were the first to use special goggles that simulated the brightness of a sunrise. The goggles helped the soldiers stay awake 36 hours without sleep.
24. An estimated eight out of ten blind people have problems sleeping. Those who are completely blind have the highest rate of sleep problems.
25. Shakespeare made many references to sleep in his writings, and his clear descriptions of insomnia suggest that he suffered from the disorder. Same pinch Shakespeare.
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