Here are 15 sleep facts that you may not have known, but should find interesting and might find helpful.
15 Sleep Facts
- A normal healthy sleeper moves 40 to 60 times a night.
- Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that involves excessive and potentially fatal snoring.
- Women are more likely to be disturbed by noises than a man. They tend to dream in color; his dreams are less vivid. Women are more likely to have nightmares, but he’s more likely to be plagued by dreams related to guilt and failure.
- Tuna, milk, cottage cheese, baked beans, turkey, and eggs are good food for late-night snacks. They contain the amino acid tryptophan, called “nature’s sleeping pill.”
- Everyone dreams several times a night during REM (rapid eye movement) states. Most people have four or five dreams a night.
- Coffee after dinner can keep you awake for up to six hours, so eat early!
- You can sleep better if you exercise in the late afternoon.
- The most common sleep problem in the US is daytime drowsiness.
- Teenagers need the most sleep; athletes need quality over quantity of sleep; older people’s sleep needs to diminish over time.
- People who feel most energetic late in the evening and can barely get out of bed in the morning have body temperatures that peak at different times a day than other people’s do. They take longer to warm up and feel like they are wide awake-a basic biological difference from “morning” people, whose temperatures rise early in the day.
- Two people sleeping in a traditional full-size bed each have only as much room as a baby’s crib would provide.
- The holder of the record for most beds is Louis XIV of France, 413.
- The ideal room temperature for a good night’s sleep is the mid-60 degrees.
- Somnus was the Roman god. A somnambulist is a sleepwalker and a somniloquist is a sleep talker.
- Sleep research indicates that short sleepers – those who sleep less than the average seven to eight hours a night- tend to be more extroverted, efficient, ambitious, and self-confident.
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