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10 sleep facts you probably didn’t know

  1. The world record for longest time without sleep was set by a Californian student in 1964. Randy Gardner went for 11 days without sleep, and was experiencing extreme sleep deprivation. Others have reportedly died staying away for this long.
  2. It has been estimated that up to 15% of the population are sleepwalkers.
  3. Humans are the only animals that will delay sleeping – other mammals curl up as soon as they start to feel tired – perhaps because they don’t have smartphones to stare at before bed!
  4. Headspace conducted a study which showed that, for every hour of sleep missed, the chance of a young person using tobacco, alcohol, or marijuana increases by 23%.
  5. A healthy sleep schedule is just as important for overall health as a balanced diet and regular exercise. Often it is preferable to skip a workout if you are feeling extremely tired – try to listen to your body if it’s telling you to get some zzz.
  6. Every person has four to six dreams per night, however most of the time we can’t remember them upon waking. The five minutes after waking up in the morning is when you are most likely to recall a dream. 99% of dreams will be forgotten after this time.
  7. Adult women reportedly require more sleep than their male counterparts, but studies have shown that high school girls will sleep less than their male peers.
  8. Creative individuals have been shown to get more hours sleep, but of a lower quality than those who are more scientifically-minded.
  9. People who procrastinate will often have trouble getting to sleep, and will have a lower quality sleep. This is another reason to get on top of your to do list ASAP!
  10. Reports and research has shown that 18.5 degrees is the perfect sleeping temperature. No wonder we’re more tired in a hot Australian summer!
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