Apr2

Bored of Counting Sheep?

Posted by Sarah Holt

Counting sheep#teamnosleep is trending on twitter all over America right now, so Midphase thought we’d give nationwide insomniacs something to read while they’re wide awake…

  • The longest anyone has ever gone without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes.
  • The average new parent loses around 500 hours of sleep because of their newborn baby.

  • DreamOn is the name of the app that claims it can help you choose which type of dreams you want to have before you fall asleep.
  • If you stay awake for 17 hours, your body starts to behave like it’s drunk. Your performance is impaired in basic tasks in a similar way to if you’d had a glass of wine.
  • Taking 30 minutes of exercise every day can help you feel more awake during the day.
  • It’s not true that all adults need 8 hours of sleep a night to be at their best. Sleep needs vary from person to person, some adults might need 9 or 10 others need far less.
  • Bees aren’t always busy. They sleep like the rest of us – usually in the hive, but sometimes they just conk out on the petals of flowers.
  • The tiny red standby button on your television can disrupt a sleep cycle.
  • Body temperature is closely linked to the sleep/wake cycle.
  • If you’ve not had enough sleep during a 5-day working week, alcohol will affect you more than normal. In fact, three drinks will have the same effect as six.
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About Sarah Holt

Sarah Holt is a journalist and author. Her work has been published in the Guardian and The Observer, among other places. After hours, she’s a bookworm, a chocoholic, and a serial bubble bath taker. She’s addicted to travelling and spas. Her philosophy for life is live and let live. You can tweet her at @sarahholt01 or find her on Google+.

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