10 weird things you probably didn’t know about sleep

This National Bed Month, we’re delving into all things sleep related to help YOU get a better night’s sleep. For example, did you know that as many as 12% of people in the UK get less than five hours of sleep PER NIGHT? We’re tired just thinking about it!

It’s only in the last few decades that research into sleep (and the effects of not getting enough) has really ramped up. We’re learning more and more about sleep all the time – here are our ten favourite weird facts about sleep that you might not know!

1. Otters hold hands when they sleep, so they don’t drift away. Nawwwwww.

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2. People who earn more, get better sleep. The Sleep Council found that people who earn more than £65,000 a year get the best sleep. Less time worrying about their bank balance, more time snoozing, I guess!

 

3. Giraffes sleep for as little as 1.9 hours a day, while bats sleep for up to 20 hours. It’s thought that giraffes sleep so little – and mostly for short time periods throughout the day – to protect themselves from predators.


4. Speaking of differences in the Animal Kingdom, did you know that humans are the only mammals that put off going to sleep – willingly!? Which makes sense when you think about it. It’s not like dogs stay up late binge watching Netflix.


5. Sleep deprivation will kill you more quickly than food deprivation. Which, when you think about it, makes number 4 even weirder. Step away from the box sets people!

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6 . Some people dream in black and white. How retro.


7. According to NASA, the perfect nap is 26 minutes long. A nap of this length can help to enhance alertness and concentration, without allowing you to fall into too deep a sleep to make you groggy afterwards.

 

8. Scientists have found a connection between our personalities and the position we sleep in. Okay, so, you might have already known that given that we blogged about it last week. But it’s still pretty weird!

 

9. Deaf people use sign language in their sleep. According to close relatives, some deaf people have been seen using sign language while they sleep.

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10. Over a fifth of people in the UK claim that lack of sleep impacts on their relationship. Considering sleep deprivation has been shown to cause irritability, moodiness and even decreased libido, we’re not surprised.

 

National Bed Month is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of healthy sleep and helping people ensure they get enough shut-eye. For more information, visit The Sleep Council or take a look at our National Bed Month blog series.