Scientists have determined that counting sheep is ineffective for putting oneself to sleep. Evidently it is too boring and imagining a calming landscape generally works much better.
In 1998 scientists scientists seemingly showed that shining a bright light on the back of a person’s knee could reset their biological clock.
When you die you will have slept about 1/3 of your life, which for the average person is approximately 25 years.
Not sleeping for 16 hours leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to having a blood alcohol level of .05%
The British military figured out a way to reset soldiers’ body clocks so they can go without sleep for up to 36 hours by simulating a sunrise on their retinas.
Every 90 minutes, during REM sleep, a burst of electrical activity flows through your brainstem which also happens to be when you experience dreams.
The average person spends 6 years of their life dreaming
That moment right before you fall asleep when all of a sudden you jolt wide awake has a name – it’s called a myoclonic jerk.
The Challenger space shuttle disaster, the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, and the 1989 Exxon oil spill were all caused to some extent by sleep deprivation.
Almost everything we know about sleep, including the facts on this list, was all learned in the last 25 years