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50+ Scary Facts About Sleep

We all wish for every extra in our life, be it extra cheese in our pizza, extra discount while shopping, extra glow in our makeup, and even extra sleep throughout our lives. But do you know that there are many scary facts about the rest that you probably didn’t know about?

This post is filled with crazy, weird, fun, strange, meaningful, and even scary facts about sleep. You’ll be surprised to know that an ideal human being falls asleep within 7 minutes. 

Are you a college-going student or parent to a newborn? Well, then there are numerous exciting and scary facts about sleep waiting for you to be discovered below.

Don’t be scared already. Find out what these facts have to tell you about your day-to-day lives and sleeping patterns. 

Scary Facts About Sleep

Facts About Sleep

Ever felt like someone is pulling your leg while sleeping? Well, that’s just one fact, there are lot of other scary sleep facts that you will be surprised to know!

Dream-like Hallucinations

Sleepy hallucinations occur when you are not quite asleep, but all of a sudden, you hear voices, or you feel like someone is touching your arm. You may hallucinate seeing something – you’re not quite sure what it is. This will not help you get to sleep, but these hallucinations are not a sign that you’re going crazy.

Sleep Paralysis

When you’re asleep, you become paralyzed, so you don’t act out during REM sleep. But now you are awake, and you still can’t move. It’s commonly called sleep paralysis. 

Sleep Eating

You may clean out the whole fridge. It has a name, too, which is a nocturnal eating disorder. You eat a lot. You go on an eating binge. You could use a knife or turn on the stove, and that may be dangerous. Or, you could eat that whole stick of butter, and that’s just sickening. 

REM Disorder

When your body is paralyzed during REM sleep, you are immobile for a purpose. The opposite of sleep paralysis is called REM disorder. Your brain doesn’t inform you that you’re dreaming or you should stay still. Instead, you feel like you are acting out. You may even thrash – or you could kick or punch. You could even get straight out of bed and run around. 

Exploding Head Syndrome

Believe it or not, but this is called exploding head syndrome. Just as you’re moving into a deep sleep, you hear a loud noise, and you wake up(and probably feel scared). The sounds are often reported as sounding like a gunshot or cymbals banging together, or even explosive. These sounds will keep haunting you for a while.

General Facts About Sleep

Facts About Sleep

1. 35% of US adults get less than seven hours of recommended sleep each night.

2. Thirty-seven million Americans snore regularly.

3. Women sleep more than men.

4. Human beings are the only mammal known to delay sleep.

5. Shift workers who work the whole night lose more sleep than those who work during the day.

6. Donald Trump claims to be a ‘short sleeper,’ needing less than six hours a night.

7. Two-thirds of the US population, especially high school students, get less than 8 hours of sleep on school nights.

8. Those who regularly fly for work could be more at risk of sleep deprivation. Flying at high altitudes often leads to disturbed sleep due to the lack of oxygen.

9. The average person is reported to fall asleep in seven minutes.

10. The US high school female students get less sleep than their male counterparts.

11. If it is taking you less than five minutes to fall asleep, you’re likely sleep-deprived.

12. Parents of newborn babies get lesser sleep. They are believed to lose 6 months’ worth of sleep in the first 2 years of their child’s life.

13. Breastfeeding mothers and co-sleep get more sleep in 24 hours than those that don’t.

14. 60% of the American population, especially adults, experience sleep problems at some time.

15. Each child in a mother’s household increases her risk of getting insufficient sleep by 46%.

16. Research proved that having a newborn baby impacts men’s sleep patterns more than women’s.

17. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder.

18. Newborn babies sleep on average 15-16 hours in 24 hours.

19. Are you into creativity? Research shows that you’ll sleep more but not as well.

Fun Facts About Sleep

Facts About Sleep

1.Dutch researchers have found that sleeping with your socks on can increase your ability to reach an orgasm.

2. 8% of Americans sleep naked.

3. 40% of Americans always tend to sleep on the same side of the bed.

4. Trees go to sleep during nighttime by relaxing their branches and perking them up in the morning.

5. Deaf people often form sign language in their sleep.

6. A recent study shows that 50% of UK pilots surveyed admitted falling asleep while flying a passenger plane.

7. Due to sleep deprivation, there are more car accidents on Monday after the spring DST clock change.

8. Snails can sleep for three years.

9. Playing relaxing classical music has been proven to help you fall to sleep.

Important Facts About Sleep

1. Stress and anxiety are the cause of more than half of Americans’ loss of sleep.

2. Adults who sleep less than 7-8 hours a night are more likely to suffer from asthma, cancer, and diabetes.

3. People who sleep less than 7-8 hours a day are 12% more likely to die prematurely.

4. It’s believed that getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep can make you angry, sad, and stressed.

5. Lack of sleep has adverse effects on your memory as sleep triggers brain changes that solidify memories.

6. More than 1,400 deaths a year in America are merely caused by drivers falling asleep behind the wheel.

7. One sleepless night affects your brain the same as being drunk.

8. Research shows that lack of sleep can lead to weight gain.

9. People who suffer from depression also suffer from a lack of sleep.

10. An estimated report says that 1 in 25 drivers reported falling asleep at the wheel in the last 30 days.

11. The perfect nap time, according to NASA, lasts for 26 minutes.

12. ‘Morning people’ who wake up early are more likely to be successful in their careers.

Strange Facts About Sleep

1. You spend roughly 75% of the night in NREM sleep.

2. When you’re in REM sleep, your brain is almost as active as when you are awake.

3. Newborn babies are believed to spend twice as much time in REM sleep than adults do.

4. During REM sleep, chemicals in your brain tend to paralyze your muscles to stop you from acting out your dreams.

5. Got a problem? Sleep on it! REM sleep is proven to solve problem-solving.

Health Facts About Sleep

1.Using your phone or a tablet before going to bed can affect your sleep.

2. Those who suffer from back pain have a worse sleep.

3. Sleeping under a weighted blanket can improve your sleep and has even been proven to help those who suffer from insomnia and anxiety.

4. Drinking coffee before going to bed delays your internal body clock by 40 minutes.

5. Believing that you had a great sleep, even if you haven’t, improves performance.

6. People who procrastinate a lot are more likely to have problems with sleep.

7. Cooldown your room between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for the best quality sleep.

8. Having a massage daily is shown to improve sleep.

9. Thirty minutes of exercise each day correlates with 14 extra minutes of sleep per night.

10. Regular physical exercise is helpful for better sleep.

11. Yoga helps you improve sleep.

12. Meditation improves sleep patterns.

Crazy Facts About Sleep

1. 47% of Americans, especially women, sleep in the foetal position.

2. Women are more likely to fall asleep in the foetal position.

3. The log position is the least popular sleep position: sleeping on your side with both arms down.

4. Gen X and Millennials are more likely to sleep in the Freefall position (arms and legs outstretched).

5. Sleeping on your back is believed to be the best position for your health as it allows your neck, back, and spine to rest in a neutral position.

6. More than 100 babies’ lives would be saved each year. If only all pregnant women in the UK slept on their right side in the third trimester.

Wrapping Up

Everybody dreams, but sometimes we don’t remember what the dream was. A chemical reaction in your brain creates dreams. Although there are many other factors, a study performed by many scientists shows higher activity levels in certain parts of the forebrain during sleep.

Waking someone up during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep also has a higher chance of prompting dream recall.WOW!!! I didn’t know 70% of these amazing facts about sleep. I hope you all loved reading these surprising sleep facts. Well, if you liked this post, do share it with your near and dear ones.

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