Random Facts about your Zzzz’s

By Cody Frank

Each person has had a good night’s sleep, even you insomniacs slept at one point. Perhaps it was when you were in the fetus but it did happen. To honor our nighttime zzz’s, below are facts about sleep from the National Sleep Foundation. How many do you know?

1. Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption for approximately 90 million American adults; 37 million on a regular basis.

2. Rates of insomnia increase as a function of age, but most often the sleep disturbance is attributable to some other medical condition.

3. Scientists still don’t know if animals dream during REM sleep, as humans do. This will probably remain a mystery.

4. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels lower. Leptin  is a a hormone that regulates appetite. This promotes an increase in appetite.

5. Man is the only mammal that willingly delays sleep.

6. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.

7. We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day. Generally around 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Post-lunch dip is caused because of the natural dip in alertness.

8. In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. However, some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. Others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours.

9. One of the primary causes of excessive sleepiness among Americans is self-imposed sleep deprivation

10. The body never adjusts to shift work…

Hopefully these facts helped you realize that sleep is important. Don’t delay it if you do not have to. Your body & mind will thank you!

Thank you to the National Sleep Foundation for the facts.

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