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Fun Facts About Sleeping

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24 January, 2014
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Why do you sleep? Okay we know, it sounds like a pretty dumb question with a fairly obvious answer, but the truth is that scientists have not yet been able to fully figure it out. Sleep is extremely important though, but almost nobody gets enough of it.

Most people say that your brain recharges, your cells repair themselves and your body releases important hormones.


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Here is a compilation of funny, random and informative facts about sleeping that you might not know:

  1. Sleeping directly after learning something new will improve your ability to remember it effectively
  2. Students usually cram their way through the night before an exam, but it is actually much better to study lots and then sleep!
    The average person wakes up about six times per night
    Although a night before an exam, the anxiety would definitely wake our students more than six times!
  3. The desire to lie, cheat and steal is increased when you get less than eight hours of sleep
    And also the lack of studying before an exam!
  4. It is possible to control your dreams through means of lucid dreaming. These methods are also used on people who are experiencing recurring nightmares
    Can you imagine if you could dream that you're studying to get little bit of extra help for the upcoming exam? Or is it maybe too much?
  5. 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
  6. If you've ever lived in a student accommodation, you will also be familiar with movie marathons. Watching all "Lord of the Rings" or "Harry Potter" movies can amount to 18 hours non stop!
    If it takes you less than five minutes to fall asleep then very likely you are sleep deprived. The ideal amount of time is about 10 minutes
  7. So even if you're nervous about an exam, it usually takes a maximum of 10 minutes to fall asleep 7. Teenagers need as much sleep as small children (about 10 hours) while those over 65 need the least of all (about six hours). For the average adult aged 25-55, eight hours is considered optimal
    So yeah, three hours of sleep before an exam is definitely not enough time to be completely optimal.
  8. During sleep, the brain “consolidates” memories and skills, meaning that the brain strengthens, reorganizes, and restructures memories during sleep
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