8 Facts You Didn't Know About Sleep

18
Mar
2014

There are several components to “a good night’s sleep!”

First is the ability to fall asleep.

There’s also the ability to stay asleep, and then of course our actual quality as we sleep.

We have a question for you: have you ever hit snooze on your morning alarm—more than once!?

Most of us have had this happen a time or two…well, because it is Sleep Awareness Month, we wanted to talk about some of the lesser known facts about sleep!

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Here are 8 things you didn’t know about sleep:

1. Babies sleep as much as 16 hours every day. (Parents with newborns are nodding, since these hours are not without interruption!) Babies can wake up every three to four hours, typically, and even more often for those who are breastfed.

2. …Even though babies might be sleeping throughout the day, adults are best off sleeping after 10 p.m., and no later than 8 a.m. Of course that can vary from person to person, but typically 6-8 hours of sleep is required for adults to recharge the brain and body and to ensure our hormones are properly released.

3. …Even so, it has been reported that only 7 percent of adults are getting 8 hours of sleep a night! Since most of us are doing our best to get sleep, this just goes to show how important our quality of sleep needs to be on those days we can get more than 6 hours of sleep.

4. Besides helping people who have trouble falling asleep, chiropractic can help the body get better quality sleep!

Neurologically how that works is that chiropractic is able to calm down the sympathetic (your “fight or flight” response) and enhance your parasympathetic (you guessed it—the “rest and digest”) part of the nervous system. As a result, your body is able to rest and heal as it was meant to!

5. We can only dream of faces that we have seen before—whether or not we can remember seeing them or not.

6. One night without sleep can leave you acting as if you have a blood alcohol content of .08.

7. Giraffes require less than 2 hours of sleep each day!

8. The average person could lose more than 14 pounds per year if they slept one more hour each day instead of watching TV.

So what do you think? Do these figures make you want to go take a nap? Let us know over on Facebook

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