30 Weird Facts About Sleep That’ll Keep You Up at Night!

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Imagine coming home after a long day at work and finally getting the chance to sleep on your bed. Isn’t that one of the best feelings? Sleep is an essential part of our life. A healthy and quality sleep cycle may refresh your mood, boost immunity, energise you, and improve brain performance. But for something so essential to our health, we know little to nothing about it. Here are some weird facts about sleep that might feel strange but are true. 

Interesting Facts About Sleep

  1. What you eat before bed can affect your dreams and result in nightmares or bizarre dreams. 
  1. There are five different stages of sleep out of which REM or Rapid Eye Movement is the stage where you experience dreams. 
  1. “Dysania” is the term used to describe a condition in which people find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. 
  1. “Parasomnia” is the term used to refer to when people do unnatural movements during sleeping. 
  1. The feeling of falling when half asleep or jerking yourself awake is known as “hypnic jerks”. 
  1. The longest someone has survived without sleeping is 11 days and 25 minutes. 
  1. Humans spend ⅓ part of their life asleep. 
  1. Elephants sleep about three to four hours which is less than other animals.
  1. Two-thirds of a cat’s life is spent asleep. 
  1. A full-grown tiger and a human infant need about 16 hours of sleep a day.
  1. 12% of people dream entirely in black and white colour.
  1. It is common for deaf people to use sign language while sleeping. 
  1. It is believed that over 15% of the total population consists of sleepwalkers. 
  1. Spending excessive time on social media before going to sleep can disrupt your sleep cycle and result in poor sleep quality. 
  1. Sleep deprivation can be more deadly than starving yourself to death. 
  1. Falling asleep usually takes about 10-20 minutes. If you doze off quickly than this, it could mean that you are sleep-deprived. 
  1. Sometimes people experience hallucinations before or after sleep. This phenomenon is known as hypnagogic hallucination. 
  1. For many centuries, people used to sleep in two separate phases rather than one phase of eight hours. 
  1. Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system. 
  1. Pulling an all-nighter during examinations can affect your performance negatively. 
  1. Aquatic mammals sleep with one-half of their brain to resurface for air without waking up. 
  1. Exercising or living an active lifestyle in general can improve your sleep quality. 
  1. People tend to forget their dreams or some part of their dreams within 5 minutes of waking up. 
  1. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift away from each other. 
  1. Humans are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep. 
  1. Different factors such as stress, sleeping arrangements, genetics, and diet can all contribute to insomnia. 
  1. English bulldogs are known to experience a breathing disorder known as sleep apnea. 
  1. Oneirophobia is the term used to refer to the fear of nightmares and dreams. 
  1. Post-lunch sleepiness is a real thing because our bodies feel lethargic at 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. 
  1. You can only dream about faces that you have already seen in life. 

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