We are always told, get at least 7 or more hours of sleep each night to maintain good health and brain function. Here are 10 interesting sleep facts that aren’t such a snore.
#1 SLEEP DEPRIVATION
Remember waking up a bit late for college exams after a long night of partying? Well, studies show that 18-24 year olds suffer the most from sleep deprivation.
#2 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
That extra one of hour of sleep, when clocks are turned back, actually help contribute to reducing the number of traffic accidents.
#3 VICTORIAN LAZINESS
During the Victorian era, people slept for 10 hours a night. Why? Artificial light hadn’t been invented around the time.
#4 MOODY WOMEN
Recent studies have shown that women need at least an extra hour of sleep compared to men. The sleep deprivation is a big reason for their moodiness.
#5 SLEEP NEEDS
Elders need only 6 hours of sleep. Teenagers need a minimum of 10 hours sleep per night (as much as small children). Show your parents this scientific data the next time they try to wake you up too early.
Be mindful of your snoring. It could be a condition called sleep apnea. You may have some issues with your heart, so be sure to get this checked out.
#7 HALF BRAINERS
A lot of sea animals need to stay alert to avoid predators. They’ve developed a half awake/half asleep state by shutting off one half of their brain.
High temperatures can cause your body to to stay up. Your sleep cycle can be greatly affected due to your body temperature. You may want to crack a window or turn down the heat in the winter.
The smallest light can prevent melatonin from coming in, which affects your sleep.
#10 SLEEP DEPRIVATION = ALCOHOL
When you haven’t gone to sleep in 17 hours, it’s almost like being drunk because it feels like a blood alcohol-level of 0.05%.
Remember, sleep is an important part of maintaining good health and may aid in avoiding injury, strokes, fatigue, depression, diabetes, heart disease and accidents. It helps our cells rejuvenate and recover from the day so you awake feeling fresh and new.