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17 Interesting Facts About Sleep

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17 Interesting Facts About Sleep

We at Macoda are die-hard fans of sleep. Whether it be investigating the intricacies of REM, discussing different types of bedroom decoration or prattling on about power naps. Whatever it might be - if it's sleep related - we are ALL over it.

On that note, here's our absolute favourite facts about SLEEP.


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

Next time you are late to work, you know what to tell your boss.


2. Humans are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep.

Does that make us smarter, or the opposite?  


3. 1 in 4 married couples sleep in separate beds.

There's always one person who thinks the entire mattress, as well as all the covers, aren't for sharing. No surprises here.


4. A giraffe only needs 1.9 hours of sleep a day, whereas a Koala needs 22 hours

There's a lesson in this, I'm sure.


5. Humans spend 1/3 of their life sleeping

Time well spent.


6. Almost a quarter of that time will be spent dreaming.

We're specialists in sleep, not math, but that's a whole lot of dreaming.


7. Two thirds of a cat’s life is spent asleep.
Time very well spent.


8. 12% of people dream entirely in black and white.

This has been heavily linked to exposure to black & white TV versus colour TV.


9. It’s not uncommon for deaf people to use sign language in their sleep.


10. It’s thought that up to 15% of the population are sleepwalkers.

Are you a sleepwalker?  


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

Randy Gardner set this record in 1964. This is detrimental on ones heath and extreme sleep deprivation can prove fatal.


12. Somniphobia is the fear of sleep.

My greatest fear is a fear of Somniphobia.


13. Our minds incorporate sounds and smells around us when we’re dreaming.

If you’re napping while someone’s cooking lasagna, you might start dreaming you’re dining at an Italian restaurant.


14. Whales and dolphins never fully fall asleep. Half their brain always stays awake so they can continue to surface breathe.

Poor whales and dolphins. They'll never know the blissfulness of a good night's sleep.


16. Falling asleep takes an average of 10-20 minutes. Falling asleep too quickly may be a sign of sleep deprivation.

Or a really good mattress...


17. Ever fall asleep and wake up with a sudden jolt seconds later? That action is called a myoclonic jerk.

These can be pretty scary, but are essentially harmless.




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