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random fun facts about sleep

After a long day at work , school or our daily activity, there’s something we all want to do; Sleep! Shut our eyes and bury ourselves in the warm hands of our bed sheets. We have gathered 10 interesting facts about sleep you didn’t know until now.

1. Dysania is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

We’ve all no doubt found it tricky getting out of bed every morning but those suffering from Dysania find it particularly difficult. It is said to be a form of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

2. Parasomnia is a term that refers to unnatural movements during your sleep.

Some people have even committed crime due to parasomnia, including sleep-driving and even murder.

These facts about sleep are sure getting more interesting right?

3. The sensation of falling when half asleep and jerking yourself awake is called ‘hypnic jerks’

No-one is totally sure why hypnic jerks occur but they are deemed to be perfectly healthy. However, there may be increased by anxiety, caffeine or physical activity close to bedtime. They are more frequent in young people and decrease as we get older.

4. It’s said that up to 15% of the population are sleepwalkers

According to the National Sleep Foundation (N.S.F), we have 15% of sleepwalkers amongst us! There is a myth that you shouldn’t wake someone who is sleepwalking because they’re in a whole different realm!

sleepwalking; facts about sleep

5. Sleep deprivation will kill you more quickly than food deprivation

Neither are good for you, obviously, but this article claims that sleeping is actually more important than eating in the short term. Please go to bed whenever you feel sleepy.

6. Humans are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep

How nice it must be to just be able to go to bed whenever and wherever you are! How amazing!

man sleeping; random fun facts about sleep

7. 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. Give it a try and thank me later.

8. Those born blind experience dreams involving things such as emotion, sound and smell rather than sight

This is a fact about sleep that is really quite interesting and the timing of the blindness in a person’s life may impact what that person dreams about. Amazing right?

9. The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days

A Californian student named Randy Gardner set this record in 1964. However trying to beat this record is definitely not recommended as Randy experienced extreme sleep deprivation and others have died staying awake for this long. Hmmm.. Strange!

boy sleeping on bed; facts about sleep

10. Humans spend 1/3 of their life sleeping

This particular fun fact obviously differs depending on the age of the human, but on average it’s around a third, which is quite a lot when you think about it.

So we have come to the end of our fun facts about sleep session, I hope you had a great time reading all those!

*Yawn* I feel sleepy already.

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