Fact's you didn't know about sleep

Sunday, December 10, 2006

At "The National Sleep Project" I've found a list of "40 amazing facts about Sleep" and here I've selected some of them that I've liked the most.The full list you can see it here.

A new baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year. - So be prepared !

Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol-level of 0.05%.

Humans sleep on average around three hours less than other primates like chimps, rhesus monkeys, squirrel monkeys and baboons, all of whom sleep for 10 hours. - Ofcourse they don't have to go to work.

Snoring occurs only in non-REM sleep .

Teenagers need as much sleep as small children (about 10 hrs) while those over 65 need the least of all (about six hours). For the average adult aged 25-55, eight hours is considered optimal

Some studies suggest women need up to an hour's extra sleep a night compared to men, and not getting it may be one reason women are much more susceptible to depression than men.


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