Weird Facts About Sleeping You Probably Didn’t Know About
We all love to sleep and as we get older, we realise that an early night or a quick 20-minute nap are two of life’s luxuries.
But the more you think about the concept of sleeping, the less normal it seems.
We lie in bed and eventually drift off to sleep and sometimes we have weird dreams or terrifying nightmares. If you really think about it, it’s both a weird and wonderful concept.
But sleep is not just a matter of drifting off, having a dream and waking up. It’s much more than that. It governs our entire life and is actually an incredibly powerful tool in many aspects of your life.
We have brought together 10 strange facts about sleep which you probably didn’t know before.
1. No sleep can make you obese and die sooner
Ok, we know this one sounds pretty drastic. But it is actually true. It is proven that people who regularly get less than six hours sleep can live a much shorter life than those who have more.
As well as shortening your lifespan, it can make you fat. We all know that when we are tired, we are also super hungry. We crave sugary, fatty or salty food to make us feel more comforted. This can obviously result in you drastically piling on the pounds.
2. When you feel a bit drowsy, you are usually lacking sleep
When you are trying to read a book and feel a bit drowsy, it is not only that the book is super boring, but that you are lacking essential sleep.
The normal amount of time to fall asleep is between 10 and 15 minutes, so if you drift off as soon as your head hits the pillow, you are likely to been severely sleep deprived.
3. Sleep helps you to remember things
Science has proven that sleep is an amazing way to help you remember things. So when you are staying up until the early hours revising for tomorrows test, it just isn’t going to help!
4. Whales can fall half-asleep
A a human, we often feel that we are half-asleep, especially when we struggle to wake up for work. But for whales and dolphins they can fall half-asleep so they are able to sleep whilst rising to the surface for air.
5. Ever wondered what happened before your alarm
Before technology even existed, early rises were hired to wake people up in the morning. They were termed ‘knocker-ups’ as they knocked on windows around the towns.
6. 19 days without sleep
The world record for staying awake the longest amount of time is exactly 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes. We would advise strongly against even trying this the unfortunate record-holder experienced problems with his sleep, memory and vision.
7. Sleepy cats
While as humans we spend about 1/3 of our time asleep, cats love to nap, sleeping around 70% of their life.
8. Food affects sleep
We all know that caffeine can keep your awake but food can also affect your energy levels. Big, carby meals make you sleepy and protein-based foods make you more alert.
9. You only dream about people you know
People in our dreams are always people who we either know or have seen before. Even if we don’t remember them.
10. Dreams fade quickly
It is rare if you remember a dream as on average after being awake for 5 minutes, over half of your dream is usually forgotten. When it gets to 10 minutes, 90% of it is gone.