Quick Sleep Facts

Ever curious about common sleep facts? These sleep facts are easy to remember and are fun factoids you can share with your friends! Check back later to see the latest information on sleep.

Where does the word Apnea come from?

The word “apnea”  from sleep apnea comes from the Greek word meaning “without breath.”

Does regular exercise have sleep benefits?

Regular exercise offers many benefits including: increasing energy. reducing stress. improves immune system functioning. allows you to eat more, because of improved metabolism. strengthens the heart. helps fall asleep, and stay asleep…

Is there a national napping holiday?

National Napping Day is March 14 and was first observed as an unofficial holiday in 1999.

Why do humans sleep differently than other animals?

Most mammals sleep for short periods of the day while human lives are broken in to periods of sleep and wakefulness. However, our bodies are programed for two periods of sleep: in the early morning (2-4 a.m.) and in the afternoon (1-3 p.m.).

What do the different sleeping positions do for our bodies?

Appearance of facial skin can be improved by simply sleeping on the back. Side and stomach sleeping causes individuals to press wrinkles into their faces from constant contact with a pillow. Also, sleeping on one’s back can help avoid morning puffiness from heat.

Does everyone dream in color?

Not all people dream in color. In fact, 12% of people dream exclusively in black and white. Additionally, people who become blind after birth can still see images in their dreams while those who never experienced sight have vivid dreams involving their other…

How many hours of sleep do new parents lose on average in their first year?

A new baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year.

Is falling asleep quickly a good thing?

If you fall asleep in less than five minutes at night it means you’re sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you’re still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.

Is there a Guinness record for the loudest snore?

One of the loudest snores recorded in Guiness World Records was 93 decibels (120db is a jet engine), by Kare Walkert of Kumla, Sweden, in 1993.

What is the longest record for a period of time without sleep?

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

Is sleeping with noise at night on good for you?

Exposure to noise at night can suppress immune function even if the sleeper doesn’t wake. Unfamiliar noise, and noise during the first and last two hours of sleep, has the greatest disruptive effect on the sleep cycle.

Where does the word "mattress" originally come from?

The word mattress is derived from the Arabic word matrah meaning “to throw down.”