25 Slightly Odd Facts About Sleeping

Bed Bugs And More

Bed Bugs And More

Since the average lifespan of a mattress is about 6 years, that leaves a lot of time for it to gather some pretty awful stuff. There was one study which found a link between the things that grow on a mattress and sudden infant death syndrome.

6,7,8

6,7,8

A study once showed that people who have 6-7 hours sleep per night, typically live longer than somebody who has 8.

Sleep With One Eye Open

Sleep With One Eye Open

Both whales and dolphins are only ever half asleep. Each hemisphere of their brains work in shifts to ensure that they don't tune out completely and forget to surface breathe.

Sans Sleep Record

Sans Sleep Record

Randy Gardner set the record for going the longest without sleep. He lasted 264 hours and 12 minutes. We're sure the 12 minutes bit was important. I'd like to know how long he slept for after that. Also, surely there are undocumented cases of drug addicts going longer than that...

Resilient Little F*&$%@!

Resilient Little F*&$%@!

A fully grown bed bug can live up to a whole year without feeding.

Sleeping Pills

Sleeping Pills

Back in 2004, there were over 35 million sleeping pills handed out by doctors in the United States alone. That was more than double that of the handful of years leading up to 2004. That was also the year Bush was elected to a second term. We don't know if there's a link or not.

No More Siesta?

No More Siesta?

Spain's government wants to put an end to the tradition of having an afternoon siesta.

Blind Dreaming

Blind Dreaming

People who were born blind don't see images in their dreams. How could they?

But they do have auditory, tactile, and olfactory experiences.

Why Do We Sleep?

Why Do We Sleep?

Do you know why you need sleep? I mean, it's probably to allow your thoughts to detoxify and your body to rejuvenate, etc. But in scientific terms, research professionals are still yet to put their finger on exactly why we need it.

Count What Sheep?

Count What Sheep?

On average, you wake up around six times per night. Unless you're one of those lucky ones who sleeps straight through. It's people like me that are keeping the average up for you lazy bastards!

Somniphobia

Somniphobia

That's the term which describes a fear of sleep. I don't know if this is really a positive as such, but let's be honest, if you're afraid of sleeping then you're less likely to be able to fall asleep and therefore, less likely to meet your fate. Having said that, I'm sure it's a torturous existence.

In Black And White

In Black And White

In the modern day, only about 1 in 10 people experience dreams in black and white, however, before color television was invented, it was more like three quarters of people had black and white dreams.

The People In Your Dreams

The People In Your Dreams

It's impossible to dream about a face you haven't seen before. You might think there are strangers in your dreams but you have definitely seen them before, although your conscious mind may have scrubbed it from your immediate recollections. I mean, how many people have you laid eyes on during your whole life?

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

...Is a bizarrely long word which describes the procedure you might force your partner to have if they snore you in to a state of frustrating sleep deprivation. By tightening the throat, the operation aims to rid someone of snoring. It can sometimes result in a change in the tone of the person's voice.

10 Minutes

10 Minutes

Ten minutes is about the time that the experts reckon it should take us to fall asleep, assuming we are healthy and aren't sleep deprived.

Boring Sheep

Boring Sheep

Just like Ernie once said on Sesame Street, "Bert, counting sheep is fucking dull!"

The experts seem to agree. Studies show that the counting sheep method doesn't really work because it's too boring.

Huh?

Huh?

In an experiment in 1998, researchers appeared to show that simply shining a torch on the back of a person's knee can reset their biological clock.

A Third Of Your Life

A Third Of Your Life

At the end of your life, you will have spent about one third of it asleep. That's 25 years for the average person, right?

So next time somebody makes fun of me for only buying Egyptian cotton sheets, I get to punch them in hard in the dick!

.05

.05

If you didn't sleep for sixteen hours and then you got behind the wheel of an automobile, the effect would be the same on your driving skills as a blood alcohol level of .05.

Sunrise Simulation

Sunrise Simulation

By figuring out a way to simulate a sunrise on the retina, the British military figured out a way to rest their soldiers' body clocks.

REM

REM

During REM sleep, your brainstem experiences electrical bursts at a rate of about every 90 minutes. This is when you dream.

6 Years

6 Years

We already know that you're going to spend about 25 years of your life sleeping (assuming you live to the average). Of those 25 years, 6 of them will be spent dreaming. Don't you wish you could save it all up and do it at the end?

Myoclonic Jerk

Myoclonic Jerk

When you're drifting off to sleep and you're rudely awoken by a sudden jolt - that has a name - the myoclonic jerk.

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can be fatal. It was a contributing factor to the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown.

The New Science Of Sleep

The New Science Of Sleep

Scientists might not yet be able to 100% put their collective finger on why it is we sleep, but they have certainly come a long way. This is especially so given that almost everything that they do know about sleep, has been learned over the past two and a half decades, as modern technology allows.