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5 Fun Facts About Sleeping

March 08, 2019

Interesting Facts About Sleeping

Did you know that the scientific understanding we have about sleep has only started to take shape in the last 25 years? Researchers are only starting to get to the bottom of some of the most pressing mysteries about sleep now, which makes it a pretty interesting time to be alive - we are learning more about sleep almost daily. How much do you know about the important things that happen when you close your eyes to rest at night?

Here are 5 interesting facts that are sure to pique your interest:

Your Lifestyle Has An Impact On How You Dream

According to a recent study, only about 15% of the population dreamt in colour before the introduction of the colour television. Older people still tend to dream in black and white. Similarly, deaf people use sign language in their dreams, and often replicate the movements with their hands, essentially talking in their sleep; while individuals who are born blind experience have dreams consisting of sounds, smells and emotions rather than visuals.

Animals Don’t Sleep Like Us

Cats sleep for up to two-thirds of their lives, a giraffe can do with less than two hours per day and brown bats sleep often sleep up to 20 hours out of every 24.

There’s A Word For Struggling To Get Up In The Morning

It’s ‘dysania’. Well, technically it’s a symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome, so you can’t really claim to have it if you only snooze your alarm 5 times. Interesting nonetheless!

Kicking Yourself Awake Is Totally Fine

Every jerked yourself up just after you fell asleep? Those involuntary movements are called ‘hypnic jerks’. It hasn’t been fully explained yet, but doctors agree that it’s not a symptom of a sleep disorder, so there is no need to worry about this phenomenon, even if you experience it regularly.

Humans Are The Only Mammals That Delay Sleep

The rest of our mammalian cousins prioritise sleep above hunting, mating and grooming. Our lifestyles obviously don’t allow for this sort of behaviour, but there is a lot to be said for making sleep a priority - a lack thereof can have a substantial impact on everything from pain tolerance and concentration, to your body’s ability to stave off disease and maintain homeostasis.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg - there is a lot we have left to learn about sleep. At Bed King, we always keep our eyes open for new findings about sleep and how it impacts on our lives, so keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months as we share more interesting insights in this regard. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to one of our knowledgeable consultants (or visit us in store!) if you want some expert advice on the type of sleeping surface that suits your unique comfort requirements.

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