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February 1, 2018

25 things you probably didn’t know about sleep

Art & Cult

We spend about one third of our lives sleeping. But how much do we actually know about this daily state of subconsciousness? Here’s a list of sleep facts you probably didn’t know. (It also might come in handy while making conversation at birthday parties.)

#1
About 12% of all people dream in black and white.

#2
People that are born blind don’t dream in images, but in things like emotion, sound and smell.

#3
Some deaf people use sign language in their sleep.

#4
On average, people need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day to function properly.

#5
If you don’t get enough sleep at night, it’s likely that you’ll want to eat more during the day. Due to a decrease of the hormone that regulates your appetite.

#6
Caffeine is the world’s most popular drug when it comes to giving you that little kick to stay awake. Think about coffee, tea, chocolate and some sodas.

#7
We spend about one third of our lives asleep. You’d better make sure to have a comfy bed.

#8
Some people commit crimes in their sleep, because of parasomnia. Meaning all the abnormal things that can happen to people while they sleep, like sleepwalking.

#9
About 15% of all people are sleepwalkers. Waking them up isn’t as dangerous as they say, but there is no doubt that it’s not going to be fun for the sleepwalker.

#10
About 25% of married couples sleep in separate beds.

#11
Some scientists say that sleep deprivation will kill you more quickly than food deprivation.

#12
Within 5 minutes of waking up, you already forget half of your dreams.

#13
In general, it takes people 10 to 15 minutes to fall asleep. If it takes you less than 5 minutes, you might be overtired and you should get more rest.

#14
Although you’d expect it, fear isn’t the main emotion in nightmares. Researchers found it is more often a feeling of sadness, guilt and confusion.

#15
REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement sleep) usually begins after about 90 minutes after falling asleep. It occurs in bursts, and in total lasts about 2 hours a night.

#16
Researchers still don’t know if animals dream, like we do. But some animals have sleep cycles similar to humans.

#17
Elephants sleep standing up during non-REM sleep, but lie down for REM sleep.

#18
Cats are famous for their long naps. Two thirds of a cat’s life is spent asleep.

#19
A giraffe only needs about 2 hours of sleep a day. Whereas brown bat needs about 20 hours a day.

#20
Dolphins sleep with one eye open and with half their brain wide awake. In 24 hours, each half of the brain gets about 4 hours of sleep.

#21
Humans are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep.

#22
Going to bed drunk will make you fall asleep quicker. But you won’t get enough rest, as you’ll sleep lighter than normal.

#23
If it’s too hot in your bedroom, you’ll have more trouble to sleep well. As our body temperature has to decrease slightly to fall asleep.

#24
Snoring only occurs in non-REM sleep.

#25
The purpose of dreaming is still a mystery. There are theories though. Some say we do it to sort thoughts and store experiences. But hey, we all know it can be a lot of fun.

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