The World Sleep Day (Friday of the second week of March) is an annual event that has been organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine since 2008.
On that account let me share some interesting facts about sleep…
Did You Know?
1. Humans spend a third of their life sleeping. That’s about 25 years.2. Another of the facts about sleep is that sleeping less than 7 hours each night reduces your life expectancy.3. Humans are the only mammals on earth that actually willingly delay sleep.
4. If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep at night, you are sleep deprived. On an average, it takes people between 10 and 15 minutes to fall asleep. If you are falling asleep faster than that it means you are overtired.
5. Lack of Sleep can cause weight gain of 2 pounds (0.9 Kg) in a week
6. It is impossible to sneeze while sleeping
7. The record for the longest period without sleep is set by a 17 Year old, Californian student Randy Gardner in 1964. He kept awake for 264 consecutive hours (11 days) without the use of any stimulants.
8. Parasomnia is a term that refers to unnatural movements during your sleep. Some people have even committed crime due to parasomnia, including sleep driving and even murder.9. The sensation of falling when half asleep and jerking yourself awake is called hypnic jerks
10. Dysania is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning. It could be a sign of depression, or nutritional problems.
11. In 2013, NASA offered up $18,000 to those who were able to sleep around the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas for a total of 70 days. This was a part of the activity related to their project to test the effects of microgravity in terms of the human body.
12. When you wake up but can’t move, this is called Sleep Paralysis. It is a weird limbo between when your mind is awake and asleep.
13. Sleeping on the job is acceptable in Japan, as it is viewed as exhaustion from hard-work.14. Sea Otters hold hands while sleeping so that they do not drift away from each other.
15. You only have to be awake for 17 straight hours to begin experiencing the symptoms of sleep deprivation. This includes functional deficits similar to those experienced by people with a blood alcohol level of .05%.
I’m sure after reading this you know how important sleep is.. And I’m sure you’re already feeling sleepy after seeing all the pictures. So what’s stopping you. Go ahead! Curl yourself up into a cozy little bed.