10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Sleep

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Besides eating and drinking, sleep is the next most important human activity. Lack of sleep could result in many harmful side effects that could even lead to death. Therefore, we think you should know more about sleepy time.
 
1. Humans spend about a third of their lives sleeping!
 
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Singaporean’s average life expectancy is 82 years old, so provided you lead a long and fulfilling life and do not die a premature death from any ailments, you spend about 27 years of your life sleeping!
 
2. Parents with babies miss out on a lot of sleep!
 
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It is extremely difficult and exhausting to take care of a newborn baby. But how much does it really take a toll on the parents of the baby? Apparently, parents miss out on a total of 6 months of sleep within the first 2 years of the child’s life! We salute you and your dedication, parents!
 
3. Longest record of going without sleep
 
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The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days! Don’t try this at home, kids! There have been reports of people who died just after 2 days of sleep deprivation.
 
4. Resetting the brain’s sleep-wake clock.
 
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An experiment in 1998 found that a bright light shone on the backs of human’s knees can reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock!
 
5. Sleeping less makes you die earlier.
 
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Sleeping less than 7 hours every night reduces your life expectancy! So make sure to clock in at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night!
 
6. Lack of sleep causes you to get fat.
 
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Lack of sleep can cause 0.9 kg of weight gain in under a week!
 
7. Sleep vs eating.
 
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Most people can survive for up to 2 months without eating. However, people can only live the most up to 11 days without sleeping.
 
8. The moon affects the quality of your sleep.
 
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A study found that people experience better sleep during the new moon and worse sleep during a full moon.
 
9. The human alarm clock.
 
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Before alarm clocks were invented, there were “knocker-ups” whose jobs were to go around tapping on clients’ windows with long sticks until they woke up.
 
10. The sleep illusion.
 
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Believing you have slept well, even though you might have not, improves performance in work and other stuff.
 
Information Source: Fact Slides
 

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