Sleep Facts – 36 Interesting Facts About Sleep

Facts about sleep

Cold blooded animals like reptiles do not have REM sleep.

A person who has been born blind will have only auditory dreams.

Sleep disruption is a common problem in high altitudes, greater the altitude, more the sleep disturbance. Most people take some time to adjust to the new altitude.

Studies have revealed that widowed, divorced or separated people have problems in sleeping.

Sleeping pills are the most prescribed drugs in the world, and according to a study, 10% of US population has been prescribed a sleeping pill for sleep disorders in 2010.

The report also indicts the hypnotic medications like temazepam and zolpidem, to increased risks of death and cancer.

An average adult requires seven to nine hours of sleep per day. However, there are exception and persons can function well even after six hours of sleep

Sleep is critical just like diet and exercise, and a report by International Classifications of Sleep Disorders said that shift workers are at greatest risk to suffer from cardiovascular and intestinal diseases.

Newborn babies sleep 14 to 17 hours and stay awake irregularly from one to three hours.

Margaret Thatcher, the iron lady and former Prime Minister of UK remarked in an interview that she needed just 4 hours of sleep to function effectively.