facts about sleepingDo you feel broken every morning and sleepy during all lectures?
There is in fact a wonderful and free solution to this problem. And that solution is… a good night’s sleep.
The following 9 quick facts about sleeping will tell you all you need to know about getting quality rest.

9 Not So Random Facts about Sleeping


Sleep is important for your health, weight, beauty, mood and performance.
Pulling all-nighters before important exams is a recipe for disaster. Even if you learn a couple of new facts, the lack of sleep will slow down your thinking processes and string your nerves.
Here are some more figures and facts about sleeping:

  1. The recommended number of hours to sleep each night changes with age:
    • kids 0 – 12 years – 16 hours per night;
    • teenagers 13 – 18 years – 9+ hours;
    • adults 18+ years – 7 – 8 hours;
    • adults 60+ years – 6 hours.
  2. A person can live about 11 days without food, but only 10 days without sleep (remember this one when getting ready for your finals).
  3. An average person spends about 25 years of life sleeping.
  4. 80% of students are not getting enough sleep according to statistics on dangerous sleep deprivation in college students.
  5. If you need less than 5 minutes to fall asleep at night, it means that you have a sleep debt. Usually a person needs about 10 minutes to fall asleep.
  6. Researchers have found that learning during sleep is possible. This, however, doesn’t mean you can take naps during lectures.
  7. About 95% of sleep disorders remain undiagnosed.
  8. A good night’s rest is important for burning calories. If you sleep more, you can also eat more, without gaining much weight.
  9. Most people change their positions during sleep. Back sleepers, for example, have less face wrinkles, but higher risks to snore. Specialists, however, do not recommend changing positions intentionally for any reasons, because it can be bad for the quality of your sleep.

Healthy Sleeping Habits

Quality is not the same as quantity when it comes to sleeping.
Here are some facts about healthy sleeping habits:
Dos:

  • go to bed and wake up at nearly the same time every day;
  • have routines to wind down before bed time (reading or listening to audio books can be a good routine);
  • try to imagine peaceful landscapes instead of counting sheep to fall asleep.

Don’ts:

  • use your bed for something else than sleeping (such as reading);
  • pull all-nighters (no matter what noble reasons you might have);
  • drink alcohol before going to bed;
  • do physical exercises before going to bed;
  • play video games or watch scary movies right before going to bed

Would you like to add any facts about sleeping from your personal experience?
You are welcome – the comments section is all yours.