Five things you didn’t know about… Sleep

Everybody loves a good snooze; whether it be a deep, long 8-hour stint at night or a 30-minute catnap during the day. It’s good for us, we need it to survive and it helps us recover from illness. But did you know…

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Time well spent: The average human will spend about 1/3 of their life asleep, which equates to around 20-30 years in a lifetime. That’s like being asleep for more than the whole of Justin Bieber’s life… shame we couldn’t do it all in one go, eh?

Rock-a-bye baby: The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech as well as memory and concentration lapses.

Toddler tiredness: A new baby typically results in 400-750 hours of lost sleep for the parents in the first year of parenthood. Best get all the sleep in now whilst you still can… or hire a babysitter.

Nature calls: The “natural alarm clock” which enables some people to wake up more or less when they want to is caused by a burst of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin (easy for you to say). Researchers say this reflects an unconscious anticipation of the stress of waking up.

Drink Drowsing: After five nights of partial sleep deprivation, three alcoholic drinks will have the same effect on your body as six would’ve if you’d got enough sleep. So if you’re feeling particularly stingy or you don’t get paid until next week, just commit yourself to spending a week waking up at 5am everyday in order to have one hell of a Saturday night; cheers!