29 Sleep Facts That Will Change How You Think About Bedtime

  1. Falling asleep should only take you between 10-15 minutes.
  2. You know that feeling when you are half asleep and feel like your falling, so you jerk yourself awake? That’s called a hypnic jerk.
  3. Like Lucy and Ricky on I Love Lucy, 1 in 4 couples sleep in separate beds.
  4. According to The Good Body, only 1 in 5 people gets the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep.
  5. Do you fall asleep quickly? If you fall asleep in less than 5 minutes, you may be sleep deprived!
  6. Remember what I said about sleeping in separate beds? One reason for that maybe that 34% of men and 19% of women snore!
  7. According to neuroscientist Jim Horne, women need more sleep than men…and it may be attributed to women’s tendency to multitask, causing their brains to need more time to repair each night.
  8. High school students don’t get enough sleep. On average, they get less than 8 hours of sleep on a school night, but they need 8-10 hours.
  9. And female high school students get less than their male counterparts.
  10. Did you recently have a baby? You know by now that it’s going to impact your sleep, but I bet you didn’t realize how much sleep you are missing. In the first 2 years of a child’s life, the parents lose six months of sleep.
  11. But co-sleeping can help! Mothers who breastfeed and co-sleep get more sleep than those who don’t.
  12. According to an NPR study, dads are impacted too! Men with infants get less sleep overall than their female counterparts, even though women wake more frequently with the baby.
  13. Speaking of babies, newborns sleep an average of 15-16 hours per 24-hour cycle. Some days I wish I could sleep that much.
  14. Shift work is hard on your sleep. Night shift workers get less sleep than their dayshift counterparts.
  15. If you have to fly for work routinely, you have a greater risk of being sleep deprived. I know this is true for me; I always sleep better at home rather than in a hotel bed.
  16. More than 50% of Americans lose sleep due to stress and anxiety.
  17. And, if you suffer from depression, you are more likely to also suffer from a lack of sleep.
  18. Per Harvard Medical School, getting fewer than 7 hours of sleep each night can make you sad, angry, and stressed.
  19. One sleepless night impacts your brain in the same way as being drunk.
  20. According to the National Institutes of Health, a lack of sleep can cause weight gain.
  21. The CDC says that adults who sleep less than 7 hours per night are more likely to report asthma, cancer, and diabetes.
  22. And if you sleep less than 7 hours/night, you are 12% more likely to die prematurely.
  23. NASA reports that the perfect nap lasts 26 minutes. I know they mean in terms of making you a more productive person, but I have to disagree. My perfect nap last 2-3 hours.
  24. You spend roughly 75% of your night’s sleep in NREM sleep.
  25. During REM sleep, your brain releases chemicals to keep you from acting out your dreams.
  26. On the topic of REM sleep, it helps you with problem-solving. So, if you are working to solve a problem, try sleeping on it.
  27. According to Harvard, using your phone before bed can impact how well you sleep.
  28. Believing you slept well, even if you really didn’t, can improve your performance.
  29. Contrary to popular opinion, you can’t make up lost sleep in the long run.

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