Interesting Facts you (Probably) Didn’t Know About Sleep

In line with World Sleep Day on March 13th, we decided to pull together a few interesting and fun facts you probably didn’t know about sleep. Did you know that…

* 12% of people dream entirely in black and white… are you one them?

* Humans spend 1/3 of their life sleeping.

* Humans are the only mammals that delay sleep.

* Sleep deprivation will kill you more quickly than food deprivation.

* You can survive for 60 days without eating, but people can only live 11 days without sleeping.

* Within 5 minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten. After a further 5 minutes, 90% of recollection is gone.

* Pain tolerance is reduced by sleep deprivation.

* Mental health and wellbeing is an area that is significantly impacted by a lack of sleep.

* Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift away from each other.

* Whales and dolphins literally fall half asleep. Each side of their brain takes turns so they can come up for air.

* Women need 1 hour more sleep than men. The reason for this is women are more likely to multitask, meaning their brains work harder and therefore take longer to recover.

* Lack of sleep can cause weight gain.

* Got a problem? Sleep on it! REM sleep is proven to help creative problem-solving.

* Having a regular massage is shown to improve sleep.

* You can’t train yourself to sleep less. Your need for sleep is largely genetic.

* Parents of newborn babies lose 6 months worth of sleep in the first 2 years of their child’s life.

* The perfect nap, according to NASA, lasts for 26 minutes.

* The two moments of the day during which our body tends to nod off more easily are at 2 am and 2 pm (makes sense why an afternoon nap always seems like a good idea!)


If you’re looking for an office space that will have you jumping out of bed in the morning, book a tour of our amazing London coworking spaces. We’d love to show you around and let you see why sleep will be the last thing on your mind when in Areaworks! 

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