After finding that 66% of teens have chronic sleep deprivation, the CDC has started recommending later start times for schools theatlantic.com/education…
After the success of Snow White, Walt Disney bought his parents a new home in Burbank. His mother frequently complained about the furnace, so Disney studio workers were sent to fix the broken furnace and failed resulting in Flora Call Disney dying in her sleep due to asphyxiation in 1938. disneydreamer.com/walt-di…
Humans spend less time sleeping than any other primate. However, humans also sleep deeper than other primates. Because we sleep on the ground (no risk of falling from tree) and are well-defended from predators, we can afford to get deeper, higher-quality sleepβ€”so we don't need to sleep as long. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
For the film 'Ray' (2004), Jamie Foxx had to wear eye prosthetics that would make him go blind for up to 12 hours a day. It barely left him any time to sleep because he would practice piano after shooting with the blindfold on. He went on to win the Oscar for best actor for his performance. sfgate.com/entertainment/…
'Catastrophizing'. A cognitive distortion that prompts people to jump to the worst possible conclusion after a minor setback. When a situation is upsetting but safe, they still feel like they are in the midst of a huge crisis. Getting enough sleep can also help keep 'catastrophizing' in check. youtu.be/b4pP6HyXRMI
Falling asleep during summer or in hot environments is harder because our body temperature lowers 1 to 2 degrees when we sleep. An optimal room temperature for falling asleep is around 18.3Β°C or 65Β°F. healthline.com/health/sle…
The famous horror film "The nightmare on elm street" is actually based on a true story. The director claimed of a young boy who saw a mysterious creature trying to kill him in his dreams. Days after trying to stay awake, the boy screamed, then died in his sleep cinemablend.com/new/Night…
Sleep difficulties and sleep disorders are the most common comorbidities reported in individuals with ADHD, affecting approximately 73% of children and adolescents with the condition and up to 80% of adults with ADHD. psychiatrictimes.com/view…
Today I learned of Randy Gardner, a 17 year-old high school student from San Diego who set the record for the longest time a human has gone without sleep (11 days, 25 min). Gardner's experimental analysis found paranoia, hallucinations, loss of concentration, and being unable to count backwards from 100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
How extreme isolation warps the mind ["in darkness most people eventually adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 36 hours of activity followed by 12 hours of sleep. The reasons are still unclear."] bbc.com/future/story/2014…
Snails can sleep for up to 3 years dailytreasure.com/how-lon…
In males, 80% to 95% of REM sleep is normally accompanied by partial to full penile erection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
A 2014 U.S. study showed one hour of sleep during the daylight saving time raised the risk of having a heart attack the next week by 24%. By contrast, when β€œfalling back,” the extra hour of sleep made heart attacks risk fall 21% the next week. nbcnews.com/know-your-val…
Bees sleep- and like to take naps in flowers. Forager bees sleep for several hours a day and older bees require more sleep than youngsters. This is why you sometimes you can find bees napping in flowers with their little heads down, antennae motionless, enjoying a quick snooze. honeybeesuite.com/do-hone…
Since dolphins breathe manually, they cannot enter 'deep sleep' like humans. Therefore, dolphins only allow one half of their brains to sleep at a time, and never lose consciousness. us.whales.org/whales-dolp…
Today I learned about hypnagogia, the transition between wakefulness and sleep during which many hallucinations can occur, including the sensation of being bigger/smaller than yourself, floating, or falling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
The mites that live on your face are related to ticks and spiders. They eat the oil from your skin, hide in your pores, have sex on your face while you sleep, and can tell researchers where your ancestors came from. npr.org/sections/health-s…
The common Swift spends most of its entire life without landing. They are able to eat, drink, mate, and sleep while flying. blogs.bu.edu/bioaerial201…
The popular sleep-aid Ambien has been shown to make paralyzed and brain-damaged people, who have been well past the point of recovery, spontaneously move and talk again because it can reconstruct neurons and make new connections in the brain. nytimes.com/2011/12/04/ma…
Horses can distinctively lock major joints in their legs so they can sleep while standing up. There is also buddy system to protect other horses from predators. huffpost.com/entry/why-do…
Spiders do not sleep, instead they lower their metabolic rate during periods of inactivity to conserve energy. Nor do they blink. tepapa.govt.nz/discover-c…
Snails can sleep up to 3 years if the weather is not suitable arizonapetvet.com/blog/ca…
The rainbow lorikeet is a colorful species of parrot native to the forests of eastern Australia. Reportedly, they love showering and sometimes sleep upside down. As intelligent birds, they get easily bored and love to play with noisy toys. When they eat fermented fruit, they can get quite drunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Mongoose were imported to Hawaii to control the rat population, not realizing that the two animals were on opposite sleep schedules (nocturnal/diurnal) and thus innefective. bigislandnow.com/2016/04/…
People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone) fall, promoting appetite increase. sleepfoundation.org/artic…
I learned about a gamer who played nonstop for 73 hours straight without sleep, food or water who died of organ failure youtube.com/watch?v=VY-k_…
After an Iranian government contract for a British company was cancelled and given to Siemens instead, a British embassy investigation revealed that it was because Siemens' Iranian sales agent allowed the Shah to sleep with his wife in exchange for the contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh…
In 2016 a man fatally stabbed 19 people and injured 26 others (most in their sleep) at a care home in Japan in an attempt to advocate the euthanasia of disabled people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
In Ancient Rome, the high priest of Jupiter was not permitted to touch a horse, sleep three nights outside his own bed or one night outside Rome, or look upon an army. penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
Wolves get 7 hours of sleep on average per day, while mice get 14.5. youtu.be/Eu9lTJCvrKc
Being optimistic lower your chance of suffering from sleep disorders and insomnia neurosciencenews.com/opti…
19-yr-old Eric Simons squatted at AOL HQ to work on his startup. When a mentorship ended, his badge still gave access; for 2 months he got basic free food from the lounge, used the showers, locker, & gym, did wash at AOL's free laundromat, & rotated sleep on 3 couches to evade night security. cnet.com/news/meet-the-ti…
Today I learned about the sentinel hypothesis: an evolutionary psychology idea that explains why people have different sleep schedules. Night owls and early birds played important roles in early human life. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Giraffes only require about 30 minutes of sleep per day... with an average lifespan of 25 years, they’re conscious for most of it. boredpanda.com/giraffes-s…
Some people can experience Sleep Paralysis during waking up or before falling asleep. When it happens a person is aware but unable to move or speak. When it happens one may hallucinate: hear, feel, or see things that are not there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
Singing has amazing health benefits such as: Works the lungs & tones intercostals/diaphragm, Improves sleep, Benefits cardio, Relaxes muscle tension, Improves posture, Opens sinuses/respiratory tubes, Could decrease snoring, Releases endorphins, Boosts immune system, Improves Parkinsons symptoms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
A scientific study found starting high school one hour later than usual allowed students to sleep more than half an hour more, and was associated with reduced sleepiness and increased academic performance. eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
Today I learned of the Flamen Dialis, a roman high-priest. The person holding the title lived under strenuous rules: he was not allowed to touch/ride a horse, sleep three days outside his bed, appear at an empty table, touch iron, have a knot on his attire, swear an oath, touch or name a dog (and many more). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Ducks enter deep sleep with one half of their brain while the other half is wide awake. In a row of sleeping ducks, the middle ducks are fully asleep, while the two end ducks pick a brain-half to sleep. This lets their outer-facing eye stay open to function as a group defense mechanism. sciencemag.org/news/1999/…
General anesthesia is not simply a deep sleep. EEG (electroencephalography) readings, show that even the deepest sleep is not as deep as the lightest general anesthesia. General anesthesia EEG patterns are most similar to a comatose brain. General anesthesia is essentially a β€œreversible coma.” news.mit.edu/2010/anesthe…
Cats sleep a lot to get ready for their next hunting spree. purina.co.uk/cats/behavio…
Research suggests that people who take long naps during the day or sleep 9 or more hours at night may have an increased risk of stroke. Long nappers and long sleepers were 85% more likely to have a stroke. Those with poor sleep quality were 29% more likely to have a stroke. ajmc.com/newsroom/long-mi…
Parents in Nordic countries have their babies nap outside in subzero temperatures so they sleep longer and better insider.com/nordic-parent…
Dolphins can sleep with only one half of their brains at a time so they can still swim at the waters surface and breath. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Randy Gardner was an American high school student who set the record for the longest time a human has gone without sleep. 17-year-old Gardner stayed awake for 11 days and 25 minutes, breaking the previous record of 260 hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
A sloth can hold its breath for up to 40 minutes. 4 times longer than a dolphin. They sleep for 15 hours a day and internal organs like the heart, spleen and liver are arranged to accommodate living upside down.The grip of a sloth is so strong when they die they sometimes remain hanging on trees zsl.org/sloth-facts
Today I learned about hypnagogic hallucinations: Visual, tactile, auditory, or other sensory events that occur at the transition from wakefulness to sleep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
There is a genetic form of insomnia called Fatal Familial Insomnia which results in the inability to sleep, hallucinations, and eventual death of the patient with a few years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
Today I learned about Twilight sleep, a procedure used for labor in the early 1900s. Women were drugged, restrained in a dark room with gauze on their eyes and ears plugged. The purpose of the drugs was to cause the women to forget the childbirth, not prevent pain, as they were still conscience the whole time. embryo.asu.edu/pages/twil…
Since sleep talking is not a product of a conscious or rational mind, it is usually inadmissible in court. sleepfoundation.org/artic…
REM sleep improves creativity by priming associative networks ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
James Franco has a mutation on a gene that allows him to sleep for about half the time that we normally need edition.cnn.com/2011/HEAL…
The idea we eat 8 spiders in our sleep each year being a myth created by Lisa Birgit Holst (anagram of this is a big troll) of PC Professional magazine as a show of myth spreading ease is itself a myth as neither the writer nor the issue in question ever existed historymatters.group.shef…
Today I learned about Exploding Head Syndrome, a sleep/headache disorder in which a person may hear a loud, hallucinatory noise right before falling asleep/waking up. Despite the vivid name, it is completely harmless. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
... Of First and Second Sleep.In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
Hitler believed women should follow the 3 "K's" of Kinder, Kuche, and Kirche (Children, Kitchen, Church). Payment was given for each child conceived and volunteers were allowed to sleep with SS officers. Thin women were discouraged as they may have trouble with childbirth. bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides…
Crocodiles do not have sweat glands and release heat through their mouths. They often sleep with their mouths open and may pant like a dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Honeybees sleep between five and eight hours a day, some bees hold each other's legs as they sleep. Colonies are divided into different sectors of work. There are cleaners, nurses, security guards, also collection bees whose sole job is to cache nectar in comb. Promotions happen as well. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Researchers did an experiment in 1999 on rats to see how long they could live without sleep. They mostly lasted 2 weeks of this torture before succumbing. pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
Huddie Ledbetter, famous folk/blues singer Lead Belly (Midnight Special, Where did you sleep last night?) learned most of his songs in prison. He was in prison multiple times for assault and even murder. He escaped once and sang his way out of prison twice by writing songs to residing Governors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
It's illegal to sleep outside on a refrigerator in Pennsylvania. nbcphiladelphia.com/local…
DNA researchers have identified a gene mutation (ADRB1) that causes people to require less sleep than the average person. They can sleep 6 hours as opposed to the recommended 8 hours a night, and still experience β€œheightened wakefulness”. ajmc.com/newsroom/a-rare-…
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a cover of a 1939 South African song called "Mbube," recorded in Zulu by Soloman Linda & the Evening Birds. The original is now public domain, but "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," with additional lyrics in English ("In the jungle, the mighty jungle...") is under copyright. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Mark Hamill voices Master Eraqus and Leonard Nimoy voices Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep. The game’s creator, Tetsuya Nomura, cast them because the rivalry between the characters mirrors the rivalry between Star Wars and Star Trek. khwiki.com/Eraqus
Gray foxes can climb trees. β€œThey can climb trees that are straight up; they do not require leaning trees to climb. Not only will they climb trees to escape predators but they also climb to take a nap in a sunny location, and they have been known to hide or sleep in hawk and owl nests.” wildlifelandtrust.org/wil…
Scandinavians are adamant about letting their children nap outside, even in cold weather. Parents report that babies take longer and deeper naps when they sleep comfortably bundled up outside. amp.timeinc.net/time/4968…
Horses don't actually sleep standing up; rather they nap standing up, and sleep laying down. ker.com/equinews/sleep-re…
There is a formula that can determine the correct amount of caffeine needed for optimal performance, based on factors like amount of sleep. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Certain snails can sleep for up to 3 years. arizonapetvet.com/blog/ca…
Super 3D Noah's Ark, a Bible game where you play as Noah putting angry animals to sleep with pellets, originally started out as a Hellraiser tie-in, the grisly horror film with BDSM underpinnings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
In Order to Avoid Predators, Turkeys Sleep in Trees at Nigh! in.gov/dnr/kids/5861.htm
Today I learned of a Woman with β€˜Wi-Fi allergy’ sleeps in a $500 copper sleeping bag nypost.com/2019/09/27/wom…
People with Seasonal Affective Disorder experience more prolonged secretion of night time melatonin in the winter than those without, mimicking the urge to sleep more shown in hibernating animals. nytimes.com/2007/12/18/he…
Immediately after landing on the moon, the Apollo 11 crew was supposed to sleep for 5 hours. They didn't, because they figured they wouldn't be able to. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
If you wanted to see every piece of art in The Louvre in one visit, and you spent 30 seconds observing each piece, it would take you over a month, and that’s assuming you were there 24/7 and took no breaks & didn’t sleep. edition.cnn.com/2013/11/2…
Ultra endurance cyclists' necks can just give out and stop holding up their heads after a week of sleep deprived racing. Some racers continue by kinesio-taping their heads up or tying their helmets to a makeshift back brace. welovecycling.com/wide/20…
It takes four days of good sleep to fully recover from just 1 hour of needed sleep lost. healthline.com/health/dr/…
Today I learned of a new disorder "Orthosomnia," wherein someone is so obsessed with getting good sleep that they actually lose sleep over it. health.com/sleep/what-is-…
The best-selling solo jazz album in history was performed on a piano in bad condition, w/broken pedals, requiring hours of adjustments to make playable. The artist Keith Jarret arrived at the venue sleep deprived & in back pain. He almost canceled but didn’t bc the recording equipment was set up en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
If you wake up during REM sleep, your chance to remember your dream is 80-90%, while it is less than 50% if you wake up during other sleep stages raphaelvallat.com/dreamre…
The optimal nap time is 7-8 hours after wake up time (early / mid-afternoon depending on when you wake up), for 20-45 min (to prevent sleep onset issues). Longer naps should be taken earlier in the day if you are trying to catch up on sleep debt. archive.boston.com/boston…
Chimney Swifts are among the most aerial and high-flying of all birds. These birds eat, drink, mate, and even sleep on the wing, but they alight to raise young.Their diet is mostly aerial plankton consisting of minute insects and newborn spiders. Pilots have reported seeing them at 7300 ft high. abcbirds.org/bird/chimney…
Morning Wood (penile erections during sleep) are not more frequent during sexual dreams than during non-sexual dreams. Only 12% of men's dreams contain sexual content. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
Long periods of isolation without sunlight creates 'time-shifting' effects on the mind to the point of sleep-wake cycles being doubled. bbc.com/future/article/20…
All mammals are capable of dreaming (REM sleep), some birds and fish are cable of this also. popsci.com/science/articl…
The French King, Lois XIV owned a collection of 413 beds in several places all over France, so that he could sleep in his own bed, no matter where he traveled. telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/0…
The Galapagos Tortoises can sleep 16 hours a day, for 100 years. youtube.com/watch?v=oUBCL…
The queen parrotfish sleeps inside of a protective mucus bubble secreted from its mouth, presumably for hiding its scent from predators at night. The mucus bubble may also serve as an early warning system in the event that a predator, like a moray eel, tries to attack the resting parrotfish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Patients respond best to medication when color corresponds with the intended results, e.g. blue for a good night's sleep and red for speedy relief colormatters.com/color-sy…
[] Losing an hour of sleep after daylight savings results in a 24% increase of heart attacks whereas gaining an hour of sleep after daylight savings results in a 21% reduction of heart attacks. heart.org/en/news/2018/10…
The reason Dolphins don't go into an unconscious sleep is because they would stop going up for air and suffocate. us.whales.org/whales-dolp…
Playing the didgeridoo can be an effective treatment for sleep apnea and snoring. It strengthens the muscles in the upper airway, which reduces their tendency to collapse during sleep. bmj.com/content/332/7536/…
There is a very rare type of insomnia when you just don't sleep. This leads to insanity and death within 18 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
The β€œTetris Effect” occurs when you focus so much on somethingβ€” such as a video gameβ€” that you start to see it in real life and during sleep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
Karolina Olsson, was a Swedish women who allegedly hibernated for 32 years. During her purported sleep her hair, fingernails, and toenails did not grow. She was force fed by her mother and after she woke up, at 46 years old, she was described as to look no older than 25. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
The 1939 classic Gone with the Wind was the highest grossing movie in history until the Sound of Music broke the box office record in 1966. When Gone with the Wind was re-released in 1971 it regained the top spot until The Godfather sent it to "sleep with the fishes" the next year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
English occultist Aleister Crowley developed a technique of sex magic called eroto-comatose lucidity, in which sexual stimulation is used to place the individual in a state between full sleep and full wakefulness, allowing the practitioner to commune withe their god en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ero…
Insufficient amounts of sleep have been shown to have significant negative consequences on the body, which can lead directly and indirectly to conditions of hair loss and thinning hair alaskasleep.com/blog/can-…
Bees not only sleep, but also take little bee naps on flowers scienceabc.com/eyeopeners…
Stephen King, one of the greatest horror novelists of all time, has to sleep with the lights on. forcesofgeek.com/2014/06/…

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