Did you know, you burn more calories watching TV than you do sleeping?
Deciding whether to watch another episode of ‘The Office’ or go-to sleep just got so much more difficult. But we’ll let you worry about that later - here are 10 sleep trivia facts you need to know.
- People who get 6.5 – 7.5 hours of sleep a night tend to live the longest.
- Humans can’t keep their brain half-awake but ducks, dolphins, and a long list of other animals can.
- In fact, Dolphins can function for 15+ days by sleeping with half their brain at a time.
- In the 17th century, it was normal to sleep in two separate intervals with an hour or two apart. That’s right, there was a halftime for sleeping!
- “Social jet lag” can make a non-morning person feel like their working in the wrong time zone. If you’re ever running late – it’s worth trying this excuse, right?
- Since the Guinness World Records no longer recognizes sleep deprivation due to health risks – the record for the longest period without sleep for 11 days was set by Randy Gardner (1965).
- The World Health Organization classifies sleep loss due to working nights as an “IARC 2A carcinogen” that puts women at a higher risk of breast cancer.
- Studies show that people without 17-19 hours of sleep perform similarly to drunk drivers on the borderline of the safe alcohol limit.
- You strengthen memories made throughout your day while you sleep.
- Humans get less sleep, and less deep sleep around a full moon – even in windowless rooms. Trippy stuff, right?
Bonus fact: People who are sleep-deprived lose more hair. Click here for more information.