We spend almost a third of our lives doing it, yet it’s fascinating how much we don’t know about sleep.
We’ve pieced together some interesting facts and secrets about what happens when you snooze – they won’t make it as dinner date conversations but they might entertain and even surprise you.
1. They Say, ‘Never Stop Dreaming…’
Well, we don’t. Everyone dreams about 3 to 7 times each night, every night. If you can’t remember them, you are not alone. Most people forget 90% of their dreams. People are more likely to remember their dream if they are awakened during the REM phase of their sleep.
2. The Strangers In Your Dreams Are Not Exactly Strangers
We don’t mean to creep you out – but it’s true. Your brain is not capable of creating a face you have never seen before and manifest them in your dreams. You most likely have seen those faces somewhere – but you forgot since your brain discards unimportant information that you collect while you were awake. However, when you fall asleep, your brain goes through all the things that happens throughout the day – which is why you might see some ‘unfamiliar’ faces in your dreams.
3. Not Getting Enough Sleep Affects Your Body The Same Way Alcohol Does
After 17 to 19 hours without sleep, our performance is equivalent or worse than that of a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.05 percent. Honestly, we much prefer having a glass of wine.
4. We Are The Only Mammals That Willingly Delay Sleep
We blame it on Netflix and Instagram. Not exemplary for the smartest species on the planet. All of the other mammals realize how important sleep is for good health, so they don’t let it get compromised.
5. Some People Only Dream In Black And WhiteInterestingly, in the 1940s, studies showed that three-quarters of Americans reported “rarely” or “never” see any color in their dreams. Now, those numbers are reversed - with at least 75% dreaming in technicolour. We have to thank high-definition television and vivid cinematography for this phenomenon.