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  • Number 25: Despite the fact that you will sleep for roughly 1/3 of your life, scientists are still not entirely sure as to why.

  • Number 24: As far as resting your body is concerned, sleep doesn't really make much of a difference.

  • 8 hours of sleep will save you 50 kilo calories.

  • That's roughly the same amount of energy as in a piece of toast.

  • Number 23: The real reason you sleep is because your brain needs it.

  • But it's not like your brain just shuts down.

  • It actually gets more active than it is during the day.

  • Number 22: So, basically the idea of sleeping to rest is for the most part wrong.

  • If you don't sleep though, after only 17 hours you'll start to experience cognitive difficulty with remembering and perceiving things.

  • Number 21: Your pain tolerance will decrease and you'll become more sensitive to stimuli.

  • Number 20: You'll probably gain weight because during sleep your body releases hormones that regulate your appetite.

  • Number 19: In fact, after 24 hours you'll be functionally worse off than someone with a blood alcohol level of .05%.

  • Number 18: If you decided to give up both food and sleep indefinitely,

  • you would likely die from sleep deprivation before you starved to death.

  • Number 17: In spite of that, the longest officially verified record for sleep deprivation without stimulants is 11 days.

  • It was accomplished in 1965 by high school student Randy Gardner under strict scientific supervision.

  • Number 16: Since then the Guinness Book of World Records has stopped keeping records for fear that people might harm themselves.

  • Number 15: Some mammals like giraffes and Asiatic elephants typically sleep less than 2 hours per night.

  • Number 14: Koalas are the longest sleeping mammal at 22 hours per day.

  • Number 13: When dolphins sleep, only half their brain loses consciousness.

  • This helps them to maintain breathing because unlike humans, dolphins and whales are conscious breathers.

  • Number 12: Ever since the advent of color television, studies claim that the percentage of people dreaming in color has increased significantly.

  • Number 11: If you don't dream, the prevailing consensus is that you most likely have some sort of personality disorder.

  • Number 10: Don't panic though, within 10 minutes of waking up almost all of your dreams will be forgotten.

  • Number 9: You can allegedly only dream about faces you have already seen.

  • Number 8: To extend this, people blind from birth typically have dreams involving smell, taste, emotion, and touch.

  • Number 7: Parasomnia is a sleep disorder that causes involuntary actions and movements during sleep.

  • Number 6: Benign forms of parasomnia involve sleep talking and sleep walking.

  • The more serious types have led to sleep driving, robberies, and even rape or murder.

  • Number 5: British soldiers were the first to develop a method of consistently staying up without sleep.

  • When they got fatigued, they would put on special visors that simulated the brightness of a sunrise and woke them up.

  • Number 4: A survey of 6,000 British adults found that listening to Coldplay did in fact make them more likely to fall asleep.

  • Number 3: It has also been scientifically proven that counting sheep is an ineffective method for falling asleep.

  • Number 2: Somniphobia is the fear of sleep.

  • And number 1: Speaking of fearan adult bed bug can survive up to 1 year without feeding.

Number 25: Despite the fact that you will sleep for roughly 1/3 of your life, scientists are still not entirely sure as to why.

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25 Reasons That Everything You Thought You Knew About Sleep Is Wrong

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    Amber Chang posted on 2016/07/05
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