10 Surprising Facts About Sleep Which You Might Not Have Heard Of

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The science and art of sleep is a very modern topic. All the facts that world knows about sleep has been collected by scientists in the last 25 years. Like a whale can take a nap with just half of its brain asleep (jealous!). When you hit the pillow, your body doesn’t turn off.

It begins an intricate cycle of rejuvenation that is vital to your health and well-being We do it every night. But very few facts do we know about it. Read on to learn more about this thing that none of us can live without.

Man is the only mammal that willingly delays sleep. According to the findings by Sleep researcher William Dement, national sleep debt is a greater threat to the United States than the national monetary debt.

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Humans spend 1/3 rd of their life sleeping. It counts to almost 25 years of life. Interestingly, this number is almost the same across every human.

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Waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep is a symptom of insomnia. it is best to lie in bed, count sheep, or toss and turn until you eventually fall back asleep.

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We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day: about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural dip in alertness that is primarily responsible for the post-lunch dip.

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The body never adjusts to shift work! People might tell you that over time your body adapts to it but the fact is it never does. The more you try to adjust, the worse it gets with time.

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Randy Gardner (born 1949) is the holder of the scientifically documented record for the longest a human has intentionally gone without sleep. He went on for as long as 11 days without sleep. Interesting, most people can survive without eating for atleast 2 months.

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Sleeping in a way is a position. However, most Tibetan monks sleep upright. Not that there is some correlation, but even horses can sleep standing.

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REM sleep is the stage in which dreams occur. People will remember a dream more than 80 percent of the time if woken during a REM period. The average person spends nearly 600 hours dreaming each year during REM sleep.

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Neuroscientists believe that babies don’t dream for the first few years of their life. Probably the reason why they don’t have a sound sleep.

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This one is going to make you wonder. During world war 1, a Hungarian man was shot in the frontal lobe making it impossible for him to fall asleep. He continued to lead a full sleepless life.

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