10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Sleep

Sleep is a very important thing for our health and well being. It helps our brain processes effectively throughout the day. According to analysis, a good night’s sleep improves studying while deprivation from it can alter some areas of the brain. All in all, it becomes an essential part of life as breathing and eating. Here, we’ll dish out some interesting facts about sleep.

Sleep less and live more…

Research has it that for individuals having 6-7 hours of sleep every night is most likely to live more time than those who sleep 8 hours and more than 8 hours. And people who sleep more than 9 hours a day are most likely to create Parkinson’s disease.

Fear of Sleep

Somniphobia is what is known as the fear of sleeping. This is very hard for people who have this type of phobia considering the fact that sleep is very important.

Sleep on it

This catchphrase really makes a difference. Our memory is strengthened by sleep. It is one of the factors that affect how we extract information during the days because the brain categorizes it which means people do better tasks after they have gone to sleep.

Wake up!

Ever wonder why all of a sudden, in the middle of the night, you suddenly wake up for no apparent reason or whatsoever? That’s because an average person wakes up for about six times every night.

Aid digestion

Sleeping on your front can aid digestion. Hands should apparently be positioned above the pillow so you’re in a ‘freefall’ position, whilst laying on your left side can apparently help reduce heartburn.

Dream on!

If you happen to see familiar faces in your dream here’s the answer. According to studies, you only dream of things which you have seen. So in reality, you have seen those faces but you just don’t know where.

Years of Sleep

Did you know that when you die, you are most likely to sleep through 1/3 of your lifetime? For an average person that’s approximately 25 years.

Sleep deprived?

Does it take you less than five minutes before you drift off to sleep? Then you, my friend is sleep deprived. It is known that the ideal amount of time for a human being to fall asleep is 10 minutes.

Forgotten dreams

Within 5 minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten. After an additional 5 minutes, 90% of recollection is gone. Sigmund Freud believed this was because dreams represent our repressed thoughts and so our brain wants to get rid of them quickly. However, it’s much more likely due to our brains simply being used much more as soon as we’re awake and so we forget much of what we’ve dreamed about.

Sleep world record

The world record for not sleeping was set by 17-year-old Randy Gardner in 1964 when he was awake for 264 hours and 12 minutes.

One more…

Although people born blind don’t see images when they dream, they do have an increased auditory, tactile, and olfactory experience

Scientists haven’t been able to figure out why exactly we need sleep.

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