Sleep is incredibly important to our health and general feeling of wellbeing. We’ve all had that feeling of missing a night’s sleep due to small children, work or stress and it’s a truly miserable place to be. We get cranky and irritable when we are tired, we lose focus and our ability to concentrate is highly diminished. How many hours of sleep do you usually get a night? Eight? Ten? Four? The numbers matter, and here’s why….
Sleeping your life away …. We spend roughly a third of our lives sleeping. That’s around 25 years. Cats sleep for three quarters of their lives and snails can sleep for up to 3 years at a time. That’s one long nap!
Quality sleep makes you live longer. People who regularly sleep for less than 7 hours a night have a shorter life expectancy.
I don’t want to go to bed! Man is the only mammal who will purposefully delay sleep. All other mammals are happy to curl up and take some shut-eye.
Record breaking insomnia. The record for the longest period of sleep deprivation is held by Randy Gardner and was set in 1965. He stayed awake for 11 days.
Baby blues. New parents lose an average of 44 days of sleep during their baby’s first year.
What’s in a number? Teenagers and babies need the most sleep: around 10 hours a night. Adults over 65 need just 6 hours, while the average adult needs around 8.
Dreamtime. Dreaming is normal and 12% of people dream in black and white only. Blind people still see images in their sleep.
Position is everything. The most popular sleeping position is the fatal position. The least popular is the starfish.
Wakey, wakey. The average person wakes up 6 times in the night.
It’s a woman thing. Generally, women need more sleep than men. According to a study carried out by Duke University in North Carolina, women wake up more grumpy if they do not get the recommended amount of sleep. So now you have your excuse to sleep in!