17 fun facts about sleep that you may not know yet!

What is the world record for hours spent “awake”? How many hours of sleep do parents lose during their child’s first year of life? Do animals dream like us? Can you ever be sleep “drunk”?

17 fun facts about sleep that you may not know yet!

Find out now! Don’t miss our 17 incredible fun facts about sleep!

1. The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes achieved during a marathon.

The record for the longest period without sleep

2. If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep at night that means you’re too tired and won’t rest well! Falling asleep should take between 10 to 15 minutes!

Falling asleep should take between 10 to 15 minutes!

3. After a child’s birth, parents lose between 400 and 750 hours of sleep only in the first year!

Parents lose between 400 and 750 hours of sleep

4. REM sleep lasts about 2 hours and begins more or less 90 minutes after falling asleep.

REM sleep

5. We dream during both REM and non-REM sleep.

REM sleep

6. The dreams we have during REM sleep are usually more bizarre than the ones we have during non-REM sleep, which instead tend to be repetitive.

dreams we have during REM sleep are usually more bizarre

7. We still don’t know for sure if animals have the ability to dream too.

Animals have the ability to dream

8. After 17 hours spent awake we would feel as if we had a blood-alcohol degree of 0.05%.

After 17 hours spent awake

9. After 3 days of little sleep, 3 alcoholic drinks would have the same effect on our body of 6 alcoholic drinks had during a period of regular sleep!

After 3 days of little sleep

10. The natural sleep-wake cycle is regulated by the hormone of stress: cortisol.

The natural sleep-wake cycle

11. We snore only during non-REM sleep.

We snore only during non-REM sleep

12. Women need about an hour more of sleep.

Women need about an hour more of sleep

13. Before the invention of electricity, people slept an average of 9-10 hours per night.

Before the invention of electricity

14. Internet is one of the main causes of insomnia!

Internet is one of the main causes of insomnia!

15. Divorced and separated people tend to suffer more from insomnia.

Divorced and separated people

16. The two moments of the day during which our body tends to nod off more easily are at 2 am and 2 pm.

The two moments of the day

17. People who don’t sleep neither well nor enough, tend to eat more due to a decrease in the level of leptin in the blood.

People who don’t sleep neither well nor enough

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