14 Fun Facts About Sleep Wellness That You Should Know

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Various studies have pointed out that sleep is extremely important for both physical and mental health, and it is the best time to recharge after a long day of exhaustion. While everyone is advocating how to have the healthiest sleep, do you notice that there is a list of sleep wellness fun facts that you might not know? Beyond Sleep has included 14 interesting sleep wellness facts below, come and check the box!

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1. Can counting sheep before bed help you fall asleep?

When counting sheep, you pay attention to the numbers. The more attention you paid, the more difficult it is to relax your mind to fall asleep. You should avoid strenuous exercise before bed, and try not to do anything that requires too much mental effort. Using digital devices before bed is especially detrimental to sleep quality because of the delaying effect caused by the blue light emitted from mobile phones.

2. The longest recorded time without sleep is 40 days

A 28-year-old photographer, Taylor Shields from Los Angeles started an extremely dangerous challenge in mid-September 2010, which set a world record for not sleeping for 40 consecutive days. However, since Guinness World Records refused to recognize this dangerous challenge, Taylor gathered 10 friends in shifts to act as his witnesses. Taylor has suffered from fever, headache, frequent urination, and other bad symptoms after 40 consecutive sleepless days, proven the drawbacks of not having adequate sleep.

3. We spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping

The research shows that the average person sleeping hours should be 8 hours each day. If so, in a typical lifespan of 75 years, we sleep for 25 years. We devote this large fraction of our lives to sleep to ensure both physical and psychological health.

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4. We spend 6 years dreaming in our lifetime

According to research, both adults and babies will have about 2 hours of dreams every night, and each one typically lasts for between five to 20 minutes. In a typical lifetime, people spend about 6 years dreaming!

5. We forget 90% of our dreams within 15 minutes after waking up

While we will forget 50% of our dreams within 5 minutes after waking up, 90% of them will be forgotten after 15 minutes. Therefore, dreams are invisible to most of us. We may only be able to remember some of the scenes in dreams occasionally. Though some people can recall their dreams in detail, they will sometimes wake up with little or no memory of what they dreamed.

6. Sleep position reveals inner personalities

Sleep position can reveal sleepers’ personalities, including their self-image, hidden fears, beliefs, and desires. For example, sleep experts point out that people who sleep in the fetal position are generally more sensitive, often shy or reticent; back sleepers are mostly social, good at listening, sharing, and helping others.

Everyone may have their preferred sleeping position, choosing the most suitable pillows and beddings according to their sleeping habits is critical to enhancing sleep quality.

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Savior The Reformer, Nº4v – Every element is plant-based and uniquely yours, from the silhouette to the tension of the pocket springs. This ensures a beautiful sleep is yours.

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7. Our dreams were mostly black and white

Most of our dreams were black and white. Due to the popularity of colour television, there were increasing numbers of people who have colour dreams. Before 1960, nearly half of people’s dreams were black and white, but after 1960, the proportion of black and white dreams gradually decreased, and now less than 5% of people have never had colour dreams.

8. We may dream about the strangers

A study once said that people whom you dream of must have been seen in your daily life. Impressions have left in your brain when anyone passed by in daily life. Therefore, there is a chance to dream of him or her.

9. Sleeping on your left can aid digestion

As our stomach locates on the left side, it is believed that sleeping on the left might help us digest food more effectively, and at the same time can reduce the symptoms of stomach pain, gastroesophageal reflux, and heartburn.

Choosing an appropriate pillow that is specially designed for side sleepers can provide strong and comfortable support for the neck.

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Dauny Sananeck® Pillow – The ergonomically designed pillow provides all-important support to your neck. It is specially designed for side sleepers.

10. People wake up 4-6 times per night

People wake up on average 4-6 times a night. Looking back to the primitive era, when human beings always had to stay awake at all times to observe the surrounding environment and ensure that there was no threat from beasts. Most people do not remember they had woken up during sleep. Waking up in the middle of the night is normal as long as you can fall asleep within a few minutes after waking up.

11. The more you worry about insomnia, the more you can't sleep

The main reason for insomnia is too much fear of not falling asleep. From a psychological point of view, this is called Psychic Interaction, which means that when you care about something, you pay special attention to it. This attention amplifies the feeling in your mind, causing you difficulty falling into a deep sleep.

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12. Inadequate sleep makes you feel hungrier than usual

The consequence is gaining weight. Two hormones in the human body affect your appetite, one is Leptin and the other is Ghrelin. When you’re full, Leptin increases and stimulates your brain to tell you to stop eating; and when you’re hungry, Ghrelin increases and gives you an appetite. When people don’t get enough sleep, Leptin decreases while Ghrelin increases, which is why they feel hungry the next day.

13. Women who sleep just 5 hours are more likely to be overweight

Women who slept only 5 hours were more likely to be overweight than women who slept 7 hours a day. American medical research contends that women who sleep 7-8 hours a night are the thinnest, but those who only sleep 3-5 hours have a 73% higher obesity rate than others and may gain 5.7 kilograms a year. Experts also remind us that long sleeping hours will also have the opposite effect. Sleeping for more than ten hours will not only lead to obesity but even abnormal blood sugar levels.

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14. The white noise from nature can help improve the sleep quality

White noise refers to the sound having equal intensity, giving it a constant frequency range, such as the repeated sound of waves, rain, etc. Foreign studies have pointed out that white noise can help sleep and improve memory. Try playing the sound from nature such as running water, raindrops, or sea waves when you sleep!

If you want to have high-quality sleep, you must start with your living habits. Just a few changes will improve your sleep problems. Buy only high-quality bedding made of natural materials, put down any blue light electronic devices, play some relaxing music and do some simple stretches before bedtime, and develop the habit of keeping early hours.

Beyond Sleep, a sustainable sleep concept store for discerning sleepers who look for a journey to quality sleep. We aim for offering you the best-selected bedding products including mattresses, sustainable beds, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, pillows, pillow cases, bed linens, bed sheets, duvets, duvet covers, eco comforters, eco towels, bedding accessories, and other sleep-aided products, made from natural and sustainable materials which on one hand guarantee your sleeping quality; on the other hand, ensure we are acting as a force for good in aspects of community and environment as well.