15 Quick Sleep Facts
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- People getting only 6 to 7 hours of sleep every night have a longer life expectancy than those who sleep 8 hours.
- Both whales and dolphins literally fall half asleep. Their brain hemispheres take turns so they can continue surfacing to breathe.
- 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.
- An adult bedbug can survive up to one year without feeding.
- In 2004, more than 35 million sleeping pill prescriptions were filled in America, a number that more than doubled from the previous four years.
- 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.
- Somniphobia is the fear of sleep.
- 12% of people have black and white dreams. Before color television though, the number was 75%.
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a surgical procedure used to fix snoring by tightening the throat. Possible side effects include changes to the tone of your voice.
- When you die, you will have slept about 1/3 of your life, which for the average person is approximately 25 years.
- Not sleeping for 16 hours leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to having a blood alcohol level of .05%
- Every 90 minutes, during REM sleep, a burst of electrical activity flows through your brainstem which also happens to be when you experience dreams.
- The average person spends 6 years of their life dreaming.
- That moment right before you fall asleep when all of a sudden you jolt wide awake has a name – it’s called a myoclonic jerk.
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