Sleep is one of the most important needs of our body. When we are asleep, although we cannot perform many activities the way we do when we are awake, our brain does not stop working, and our body keeps doing its all other functions like blood circulation, breathing, digestion, growth functions, reproduction and much more. In simple words, we remain in an altered mental and physical state. During sleep, our body switches between two extreme modes known as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and non-REM mode.
The body and mind heals the most during sleep. It is during this period that it restores its various systems, relaxes the muscles and does damage repair, to mention a few. Adequate sleep is necessary also for the immune system and endocrine glands. However, all these are basic facts about sleep.
We Have Listed Some Interesting And Lesser Known Facts About Sleep In This Article:
1. Parents Of A Newborn Are The Most Sleep Deprived:
A new born baby sleeps most of the times, and its sleeping hours drops slowly. It wakes up frequently, especially at night. Parents have an interrupted sleep when the baby wakes up several times and they have to either feeding the baby or change its nappy.Approximately, a new born baby deprives its parents of 400 to 750 hours of their sleep till its first birthday.
2. Insomnia Never Kills:
Insomnia, the greatest sleep related problem, hardly kills any one. There is a genetic disease called FFI or Fatal Amilial Insomnia where the patient is unable to sleep and finally dies. This is a rare genetic disease and only 78 people from 29 families have been diagnosed with it throughout the world.
3. Some People Act In Their Dream:
Most of us are in paralysis mode when we are asleep. However, it is a known fact that all of us talk in our sleep some time or the other. There are cases of people walking in their sleep or doing action of what they are dreaming. Interestingly, people also actually speak out what they are imagining or speaking in their sleep. Many cases of accidents and broken limbs, or burning down of house has been seen.
4. Some Of The Greatest Ideas Have Come Through Dreams:
The success stories of many people originated as a manifestation of the dream they saw. We see different things and incidents in our dreams and forget them soon. Most of them are in abstract form and we have difficulty in remembering them later. However, some dreams are vivacious and remain in our mind like memories. You can coin an idea, get a clue to unexplained facts and make some great inventions or discoveries in your dream. Some examples worth mentioning are the invention of sewing machines, the concept of Google or the story line of The Twilight.
5. Falling Backward In Sleep Is Actually Good:
When we are asleep, sometimes it feels like we are falling backwards suddenly and we wake up immediately. Falling backward is actually an escape from an unpleasant dream or changing the course of the dream to something more pleasant. When this happens, either you wake up completely or there is an illusion of waking-up, when you are still asleep.
6. Insomnia Causes Weight Gain:
Insomnia and weight gain are inter-related. A person who is insomniac tend to develop increased levels of appetite. When our body does not get enough sleep, our leptin levels drop. It is a hormone that helps in regulating our appetite. Higher leptin level means low appetite and low leptin level means higher appetite. Therefore, the people who are unable to sleep properly, end up gaining more weight.
7. Our Body Hardly Adapts To Night Shifts:
We all have a body clock and ignoring it completely results in a number of health issues. Those who work in shifts, especially night shifts feel after some time that their body has adapted to the changes. However, shift workers are prone to suffer more from gastrointestinal diseases as our body does not fully adapt itself. If we do not get sufficient sleep, our digestive system in unable to break down and metabolize the food we eat. This causes gastric problem. like digestion. Other functions of the body are also affected. Prolonged sleep deprivation may even lead to cardiovascular diseases.
8. We Dream To Make Good Our Previous Experiences:
According to scientists, every dream we see has a purpose. We subconsciously attempt to make good our previous experiences stored in the long-term memory. We dream about the good things that happened to us as they always remain close to our heart. We also dream about unpleasant things so that that slowly fade away from our memory, helping us from staying preoccupied with them.