Ten Facts About Sleep That Will Awaken Your Mind

HacksandWhacksPublished: January 16, 2015Updated: February 29, 2016342 views
Published: January 16, 2015Updated: February 29, 2016

We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, which is about 16 hours a night as infants, 9 hours as teens and 7 to 8 hours as adults. Until 25 years ago, scientists knew little about this nighttime habit of ours. Take a look at these curious and fantastic facts about sleep.

Sleep is one of the most important activities in life that gives us energy to push throughout the day and take care of our family and daily chores the right way. Often times we need to recharge in order to be alert and agile to proceed with our activities. Here is a list of ten biggest reasons why it is so vital to catch up on your Z's! Happy snoozing!

Babies need 16 hours of sleep while adults only need 6-8 hours. That is why our loved tots need to hit the snooze button and doze off couple of times a day. Tiredness peaks twice a day, We naturally feel tired at 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. That is why you are less alert after lunch.

Our bodies need sleep more than they need food. However, humans are the only mammal that intentionally delays sleep. The average person wakes up about six times per night. While sleeping our brain recharges and cells repair themselves.

Parasomnia is a sleep condition that causes you to do unnatural movements. The average person spends 6 years of their life dreaming. You can only dream about faces you have already seen. Within 5 minutes of waking up 50% of your dreams are forgotten. So, sleep on those facts and remember how vital it is to intake sufficient amounts of vitamin Z!

Research shows you will sleep better during a new moon and worse during a full moon, although the reasons are unclear. If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep you are probably sleep-deprived. Ideally, falling asleep should take 10 to 15 minutes. If you have trouble waking up Monday mornings, blame the ‘social jet lag’ from your altered weekend sleep schedule.

Fun fact about animals, sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift away from each other.

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