Sleeping facts – these facts may not generate anything interesting because if there is anything that is common with almost every species in this world is without a doubt, sleeping. Everyone sleeps the amount of time and the time of day may vary but sleeping is universal.
We may think we know enough about sleeping but in this article of sleeping facts, we will tell some incredible facts about sleep that after reading you will be left amazed.
Sleeping Facts: 1-10
1. Sleep disruption is seen more in high altitudes. This happens because of the fact that there are low levels of oxygen and there are changes in respiration.
2. Disturbance in sleep increases highly at around an altitude of 13,200 feet or even higher.
3. It takes around 2 to 3 weeks for any person to adjust to new heights.
4. Exercising every day or regularly is good not only for your health but also for your sleep.
5. However, if you exercise right before sleeping, you will have a tough time sleeping.
6. It may not be surprising but separated, divorced, and widowed people generally can’t sleep well and they are the ones who report insomnia more.
7. 6 out of 10 medical professionals feel that they can’t talk about insomnia deeply to their patients during regular office visits.
8. 8 out of 10 people think that people often misuse sleeping pills prescribed for them.
9. The hours of sleep a person requires depends on person to person.
10. One of the surprising sleeping facts is that sleep is as important as eating, and breathing!
Sleeping Facts: 11-20
11. As per the International Classifications of Sleep Disorders, people who work in shifts are at a higher risk of diseases such as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal diseases, etc.
12. Newborns sleep for around 14 to 17 hours a day (just like our feline fur buddies)! They stay awake for just 2 to 3 hours a day.
13. Contrary to popular belief, our body can never adjust to shift work.
14. A good fact for soon to be mommies or mommies of newborns! Infants who are put to bed when they are drowsy and not “asleep” tend to develop the habit of putting themselves to sleep.
15. Such infants sleep independently at bedtime and they eventually turn into self-soothers.
16. Just like sleep time, nap time varies from person to person. Children and some adults need nap time.
17. Most of the teenagers also take short naps because they can’t get enough sleep at night.
18. One of the major reasons for sleep disturbance is snoring. 90 million Americans (adults) suffer from snoring and 37 million of them suffer on a regular basis.
19. Self-imposed sleep deprivation is the number one reason for excessive sleeping in Americans.
20. 36% of Americans either sleep or are drowsy while driving if NSF’s 2008 Sleep in America poll is to be believed.
Sleeping Facts: 21-30
21. In the same poll, 34% of the Americans said that their employers allowed them to take a nap and 16% of the respondents’ employers provided them space to sleep.
22. One of the weird sleeping facts is that as a person ages, the rate of insomnia generally increases.
23. When we don’t sleep properly, we start accumulating something called ‘sleep debt’. If this sleep debt increases or becomes too big, we really can’t payback.
24. When we can’t pay back, we suffer from several health issues such as high BP, obesity along with decreased productivity, having bad mood, etc.
25. When you are driving at night and you obviously don’t want to fall asleep, then DON’T try turning up the radio, open the window, or turn on the air conditioner. These are nothing but myths.
26. Surprisingly fear is not the main emotion in nightmares.
27. According to The Sleep Council, high earners get the best sleep!
28. Sleeping on your left side and keeping your hands above the pillow is the best sleeping position to reduce heartburn and aids digestion.
29. It should take around 15-20 minutes to fall asleep.
30. Different sleep positions reveal different personalities.
Sleeping Facts: 31-40
31. 41% of the population of British sleep in the fetal position.
32. Sleep deprivation decreases your pain tolerance.
33. You will forget 50% of your dreams within 5 minutes of waking up. 90% of the dream is gone after an extra 5 minutes.
35. How important is sleep? Sleep deprivation kills you faster than food deprivation.
36. One in every four married couples sleeps in separate beds.
37. 12% of people dream only in full black and white. 75% of the entire population dream in color.
38. Before the introduction of color television, only 15% of the population could dream in color.
39. Deaf people use sign language in sleep.
40. Another culprit of sleep deprivation is 24-hour access to the internet.
Sleeping Facts: 41-50
41. Early factory towns and English mils actually hired people for knocking people’s windows to wake them up.
42. Donald Trump claims that he needs only six hours of sleep to function properly.
43. 21% of Americans get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep.
44. 60% of the Americans experience some or the other type of sleep issue at some time in their life.
45. Female American high school students sleep less than male American high school students.
46. Women sleep more than men.
47. One child increases the mother’s risk of not getting proper sleep by 46%.
48. Mothers who sleep while breastfeeding get more sleep than the ones who don’t.
49. It may be a bit surprising but fathers lose more sleep than mothers because of the newborn baby.
50. Creative people can’t sleep well but they sleep more.
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