25 Cool Facts About Sleep You Probably Didn’t Know

Posted by , Updated on December 16, 2015


Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain functioning and maintain your physical health. The damage from sleep deprivation might not hurt you instantly but it’s a safe bet it will harm you over time if it continues for a long time. For example, ongoing sleep deprivation can raise your risk for chronic health problems such as depression, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and various heart problems. The ancient Greeks were the first people to realize the importance of sleep in people’s lives and for that reason they worshiped Morpheus (god of sleep and dreams), to whom they prayed for a good night’s sleep and peaceful dreams. Today, however, since the rhythms of modern life are more demanding and stressful than ever before, many people tend to suffer from insomnia (mainly due to stress and anxiety) or intentional sleep deprivation in an attempt to achieve more than a normal human being should in a day. In case you’re one of those people who don’t fully realize the importance of sleep, take a look at these 25 Cool Facts About Sleep You Probably Didn’t Know and we can promise you that you will make a few changes in your life starting today.

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A new baby typically results in 400–750 hours of lost sleep for parents in the first year.

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In the REM (rapid-eye movement) stage of sleep (it’s when we are dreaming) your body is normally paralyzed. In rare cases, however, people act out their dreams. This has led to broken arms and legs, broken furniture, and in at least one reported case, a house burning down.

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Dreams are responsible for many of the greatest inventions of mankind. A few examples include the idea for Google, the alternating current generator, DNA’s double-helix form, and the sewing machine, among others.

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It might sound like something out of Inception, but it’s true. Falling backward while in a dream is a popular technique for waking from an unpleasant dream, or changing the scenery of your unpleasant dream. And keep in mind that, just as in Inception, falling backward in a dream can sometimes cause a “false awakening,” where you think you’re awake but still dreaming.

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Regardless of whether men spend more of their waking hours thinking about sex, a 2007 study found that they are no more likely to dream about sex than women. However, the type of sex dreams that participants had varied by gender. Women are more likely to dream about sex with celebrities, exes, and current partners. Men are more likely to dream about having multiple partners, and ninety percent of men’s sex dreams involve women initiating sex.

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