Another Dozen Random Sleep Facts You Didn’t Know
Another Dozen Random Sleep Facts You Didn’t Know
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Another Dozen Random Sleep Facts You Didn’t Know

Another Dozen Random Sleep Facts You Didn’t Know

Remember those random sleep facts we posted a couple of months ago? Well, here’s a bakers dozen (in case you didn’t know, that means 13) worth of new facts.

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  1. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels fall (leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone), promoting appetite increase [separator size=”30″]
  2. Elephants sleep standing up during non-REM sleep, but lie down for REM sleep.[separator size=”30″]
  3. The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the Chernobyl nuclear accident have all been attributed to human errors in which sleep-deprivation played a role.[separator size=”30″]
  4. Snoring occurs only in non-REM sleep.[separator size=”30″]
  5. You can die of sleep deprivation faster than you can from food deprivation. It takes two weeks to starve to death, but no sleep for 10 days can be fatal.[separator size=”30″]
  6. 2/3 of a cat’s life is spent sleeping.[separator size=”30″]
  7. Those born blind experience dreams involving things such as emotion, sound and smell rather than sight.[separator size=”30″]
  8. 41% of the British population sleep in the fetal position.[separator size=”30″]
  9. Higher altitude = greater sleep disruption (around 13,200 ft+), thought to be caused by diminished oxygen levels and accompanying changes in respiration. It takes approximately 2-3 weeks to adjust.[separator size=”30″]
  10. Science has yet to figure out if animals dream during REM sleep, like humans do.[separator size=”30″]
  11. Snoring can become worse after drinking. Alcohol has a direct depressant effect on the tongue and muscles in the throat.[separator size=”30″]
  12. Insomnia is almost twice as common in women as it is in men.[separator size=”30″]
  13. The less you sleep, the more your genes contribute to how much you weigh. The more you sleep, the less your genes determine how much you weigh.[separator size=”30″]