5 Surprising Sleeping Facts You Probably Never Knew About
Talking about surprising sleeping facts, did you know that the sleep is practically a dishwasher for our brains? Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of The Huffington Post, known for her encouraging quote suggesting to ”sleep our ways to the top” and for famously offering her employees nap rooms, has been advocating the importance of a good quality sleep for a long time now. The editor-in-chief of the magazine also published a book called The Sleep Revolution, featuring many surprising sleeping facts.
Check out some of the most surprising sleeping facts, emphasizing the sleep importance and affecting a good night’s sleep
1- Disruption of sleep has important consequences on children
The research from 2012, carried out on British children from infancy to seven years old, showed that those who had sleep apnea, were snoring or were mouth breathers were up to 60 percent more likely to develop some behavioral issues at the age of four. By the age of seven, this likelihood jumped drastically and ranged from 40 to 100 percent. The most common symptom was hyperactivity.
2- Teenagers who sleep less, drink more
Another study from 2015 showed that the teenagers experiencing sleep problems were 47% more likely to binge-drink than their well-sleeping classmates.
3- Sleep cleans your brain
One of the most surprising sleeping facts is that it literally cleans our brains – by clearing the toxic waste proteins that tend to accumulate in between the brain cells during the day.
4- Sleep can affect the labor duration
Apparently, the pregnant women are not only eating for two but also sleeping for two. The researchers from the University of California found that women who were sleeping less than 6 hours per night in their last month of pregnancy tended to have somewhat longer labors and were about 4.5 times more likely to have to deliver by C-section.
5- Yawning is contagious
If you’re yawning even right now, don’t be surprised – as even reading about yawning can make us yawn. While many of us think of yawning as a sign of becoming sleepy, it is also a signal to our brains and bodies to wake up and be more alert. And yes, we also yawn when we are bored or see someone else yawning.