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22 Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About Sleep

It’s not water-boarding but sleep deprivation that is the single most effective form of torture. Sleep deprivation will kill you more quickly than food deprivation.

Do you find it extremely hard to get out of bed in the morning? If your difficulty is chronic, then there’s a name for it: Dysania. You got Dysania.

We experience our peak tiredness at two different times of the day: 2:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Best Time to Sleep

60° F to 67° F – this is the best room temperature variation for quality sleep.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

It’s no big deal to sleep on the job in Japan. The bosses take it as a sign that the worker is tired out from working too hard.

People sleep best during New Moon, and sleep worst during Full Moon.

Some Tibetan monks sleep sitting upright.

41 percent of people in the Western world sleep in the `foetal’ position. (The other 5 sleeping positions are called log, yearner, starfish, soldier and free faller.)

Fun Facts About Sleep

The body clock never adjusts to shift jobs. So there’s no getting used to being awake and at work at 2 am.

Lack of sleep can cause weight gain of 2 lbs in less than a week.

12 percent of people dream entirely in black-and-white. Apparently, before color televisions arrived, only 15 percent of people said they dreamed in color. Older people have black-and-white dreams way more often than younger people.

Gamers make excellent lucid dreamers. They can often control their dreams better than non-gaming people.

How often have you woken up with very clear and vivid memories of last night’s dream, and then, within a short space of time, found you had no recollection of it? Scientists say we forget 50 percent of our dreams within 5 minutes of waking up in the morning. After 10 minutes, 90 percent is gone.

We spend two hours dreaming each night on average, and we have 4-6 separate dreams.

Good Trivia Questions About SleepIf you’re a snorer, you wake your partner about 20 times each night with your noise. That amounts to an average sleep loss of one hour per day for him/her.

In the pre-light bulb era, people slept approximately 9 hours. After the discovery of electricity, the number dropped to seven-and-a-half hours.

Before alarm clocks were invented, there used to be guys called “knocker ups”, who tapped on people’s bedroom windows with a long stick until they were awake.

It is impossible to sneeze while you are asleep.

Ever had the sensation of falling when you’re half asleep, and then instinctively your body jerks yourself awake? That’s called `hypnic jerks’. Quite a harmless phenomenon.

On an average, parents miss 6 months of sleep within the first two years of a baby’s life.

According to the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, children in the 3-5 age group are more likely to develop sleep problems if they watch violent shows on TV.