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11 Facts About Sleep That Might Make You Say “Ahh, I Didn’t Know That!”

bedSleep on it, won’t you?

Your mother or grandmother already told you this, right? You know that if you have to consider between two or more difficult choices, you are better of making your decision after a good sleep. This is true mainly because while you sleep, your brain goes to work in putting the pieces together so that, in the morning, you usually feel you know exactly what needs to be done.

You didn’t know this, did you?

When ducks feel that they are at risk of being attacked, half their brain sleeps, while half is awake in case danger approaches.

What are you dreaming of?

It seems that men often dream of other men most of the time (about 70% of the time to be exact). As it turns out, women will dream of other women about half the time.

Did you just take a cat nap?

Did you know that you could be taking a cat nap without even knowing it? You could fall asleep with your eyes open and it would be very hard for someone else to notice you are not awake.

Is your rainbow black and white?

About 12% of us dream only in black and white! Why? Mainly because they are more used to black and white television, which was the norm before color television appeared.

What was that noise?

If you hear an unfamiliar noise within the first and last 2 hours of your sleep, your sleep will suffer even if you won’t be aware of that.

Are you married?

About 25% of married couples are sleeping in separate beds.

How much internet is too much?

It has become obvious that the internet is one of the biggest distractions when it comes to going to bed at night. “I’ll just stay another 15 minutes online and then go to bed!” and those 15 minutes turn in 2 hours. Does it ring a bell?

Which mammal sleeps less?

Stop trying to guess! It’s the giraffe which only needs 1.9 hours of sleep daily! Just imagine how many things we could do if we needed so little sleep!

Which mammal sleeps the most?

The brown bat needs 19.9 hours of sleep and yet there is another animal that sleeps more: the koala. The koala needs 22 hours of sleep! They don’t even have time to wake up properly as they are back in bed!

Can you remember last night’s dream?

I used to be bothered by the fact that I would rapidly forget what I dreamed. This was until I started writing it down right after I wake up. It seems that we usually forget half of what we dreamt within only 5 minutes after we wake up! And after 10 minutes we won’t remember more than 10% of our dream(s)! So, start writing!

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