10 crazy facts about sleep

Sleeping plays a very crucial part in our lives. Have you ever wondered what would happen to us if we decided not to sleep, just because? Well, you don’t have to wonder. Here’s what will happen: hallucinations, paranoia, blurred visions, memory lapse, slurred speech and what not! I am not making all this up just to scare you to sleep, all of this is true. The person who holds the record for longest period of time without sleep reported all of the above symptoms, scary, isn’t it? Well, this tells you how important sleep is, for every species.

But there are some pretty wild facts about sleep that many might not have heard of. Well, here are ten:

#1 You grow 8mm while you are asleep

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It is temporary, though. You shrink right back the next day, and become your former self. Why that happens, one might ask. The reason behind this is that when you sit or stand your cartilage discs are squeezed by the gravitational force, just like sponges.


#2 Our body is set for two sleeps

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People believe that 8 hours of continuous sleep at night is sound and healthy. Well, that is not true. Our body is basically designed for two sleeps, first being at night and the second, and the less deep sleep during the day. As a matter of fact eight hours of combined sleep is much better than the typical eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.

#3 Depressed people spend more time in REM sleep


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If you think real life doesn’t play a part in your dreams then you are wrong. In fact, there is a very strong relation between depression and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. The amount of REM sleep depicts the depth of depression of that person.

#4 There actually is a sleep related disease, where eventually you could die


And hopefully you don’t have it. It’s called FFI (fatal familial insomnia) as it is a very rare brain disease. The symptoms of this disease are rapidly increasing insomnia, hallucinations, delirium which is followed by dementia (in the given order). Problem is, there is no cure.

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