Interesting Facts About Sleep

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On Wednesday The Corporate Climber posted the 100th post on this blog. I know! So to celebrate I went searching in the web and gathered the best 10 sleep facts for your perusal and just for fun. I really did think about doing 100 sleep facts but as blog-trotter myself, I know that reading long wordy posts gets tiresome. What's the most interesting fact about sleep you've heard?

  1. According to this website a new baby costs parents between 400 - 750 hours of sleep in the first year alone.
  2. Teens need as much sleep as babies do (about 10 hours) and as stated in this post by the Corporate Climber seniors the least of all (about six hours) and adults between 25 and 55 need eight hours.
  3. Experts have said that one of the most irresistible sleep distractions is the 24/7 availability of the internet. I can attest to this because there are time when I think "just an hour on pinterest."  I often go online to do research but end up looking at lookbooks or reading about the latest collections out of Paris.
  4.   According to this list, snoring happens only in Non-Rapid Eye Movement (Non-REM) sleep.
  5.  If it takes you five minutes or less to fall asleep, you are sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 - 15 minutes.
  6. Studies have suggested that women need about an hour more of sleep than men.
  7. A total lack of sleep would kill you sooner than starvation would. It takes 10 days for sleep deprivation to kill a human but starvation takes weeks.
  8. Humans sleep three hours less than other primates like chimps and baboons all of whom sleep for about 10 hours.
  9. 10 percent of all snorers have apnea, which is a disorder that causes sufferers to stop breathing about 300 times a night increasing the risk of them suffering a stroke or heart attack.
  10. It's impossible to be certain if a person is truly awake without close medical observation. Most people dose off without realising it and often with their eyes open.
Here's to 100 more posts!
Cheers to the weekend.

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