Sleep is one of the essential parts of our healthy life. Here are some of the most interesting facts about sleep which will surprise you for sure.
#1. Almost 1/3 of our lives are spent sleeping.
#2. A person can survive without sleeping for 11 days.
#3. Happiness is directly related to sleep. The happier you are less you will sleep.
#4. On an average, new parents lose out on some six months of sleep by the time their baby turns two.
#5.’Night owls’ or people who like to stay up late at night are likely to be more extravagant, impulsive and may develop addictive behaviour, mental disorders and antisocial tendencies.
#6. Your life expectancy could decrease if you sleep less than 7 hours a night.
#7. Finland celebrates National Sleepy Head Day every year on 27th of July. On this day, the last person to wake up in a family is thrown into a lake or sea by other members of the family.
#8. You must have heard of sleep talking, but some deaf people make sign language in their sleep.
#9. NASA researchers claim that a perfect nap lasts for almost 26 minutes.
#10. You can gain weight almost up to 1 kg in a week if you don’t take adequate amount of sleep.
#11. In order to not physical act in sleep, our body goes into a paralytic sleep. In case you wake up in this situation (i.e. when the body is paralysed), it is called sleep paralysis.
#12. Snails are known to sleep for almost 3 years!
#13. Lack of sleep can reduce the size of the brain!
#14. The phenomenon of struggling to get out of bed in the morning is called Dysania.
#15. Daytime naps are better as they improve memory and reduce the risk of heart diseases.
#16. ‘False awakening’ is a condition which occurs when you wake up in a dream but are still in deep sleep.
#17. A person can die early if s/he sleeps less than 4 hours or more than 10 hours.
#18. A study found that people sleep better on new moon nights and have the most difficulty in sleeping on a full moon night.
#19. Missing someone could be one of the reasons for insomnia.
#20. Many Tibetan monks are known to sleep upright.
#21. Cats spend almost 70% of their lives sleeping.
#22. Cuddling makes it easier to fall asleep.
#23. Hammocks improve the quality of sleep.
#24. Lack of sleep can cause sugar cravings.
#25. A study says that starting school late (around 8:30 a.m.) will improve sleep and daytime functioning in adolescents.
#26. Pulling an ‘all nighter’ (not sleeping an entire night) will burn up to 160 calories.
#27. One can burn more calories sleeping than watching television for hours.
#28. Nightmares can occur due to conditions, migraines, and sleep deprivation.
#29. Craving for junk food occurs if you sleep more or sleep less.
#30. People with high IQ often stay up late till night due to increased mental stimulation.
#31. Some scientists believe that babies don’t dream for the first couple of years of their life.
#32. A research found that women have more nightmares and emotional dreams than men.
#33. 40% of the adults always have slept on the same side of the bed.