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Sleep is a weird and wonderful phenomenon that researchers are continually trying to understand, most of what we know about sleep today has only been discovered in the last 25 years. We’ve collected a handful of weird and wonderful facts about sleep for you to catch up on in between naps.

A Giraffe only needs 1.9 Hours of sleep a day! At the other end of scale, the brown bat needs 19.9 hours of sleep a day.

On average, humans spend 1/3 of their life asleep…that’s a long time to spend on a mattress! This is why it’s so important to carefully choose your bed and mattress.

Humans are the only ones to willingly delay sleep, and people aged between 18-24 are the most sleep deprived among us. Experts claim that 24/7 access to the internet is one of the key things keeping people up at night.

Scientists still haven’t been able to determine if animals dream in a similar way to humans. In fact, they’re still not even 100% why it is that humans dream.
Some research suggests we dream to fix experiences in long-term memory whilst some researchers believe we sleep as a way to eliminate overlapping memories. Another suggestion is that dreaming is just a by-product of sleep and has no evolutionary function.

Another fact for all you dreamers out there – before colour TV it is estimated that only about 15% of people dreamed in colour. These days about 75% of people dream in colour, with the older generations being more likely to dream in black and white.

Tiredness generally reaches a peak around 2am and 2pm, this is why we often feel drained in the afternoons after lunch.

When you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re more likely to want to eat more. This is because there is a decrease in your leptin levels which promotes an increase in appetite. Leptin is a hormone which helps regulate appetite.

If you’re falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow it could mean that you’re sleep deprived (or perhaps you’re just sleeping on a ridiculously comfortable Sleep Studio mattress ….). It’s different for everyone but on average it should take roughly 10-15mins to fall asleep.

Dolphins are among a few species of the animals who sleep half of their brain at a time. The other half of their brain, along with the corresponding eye stays alert to watch for predators.

So there you have it! 9 weird and wonderful facts about sleep! If you’re looking for ways to improve your comfort in the bedroom then our local Sleep Studio experts are here to help, with a diverse range of beds, mattresses and bedroom furniture to optimise your sleeping space.

The following sites were used as references for these facts:
Sleep Health Foundation, Sleep Foundation, Cleveland Clinic , The National Sleep Research Project

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