Is there a correlation between sleep and happiness? Is it true that you swallow eight spiders per year? Should you really pull that all-nighter before your big exam? Sleep statistics don’t have be boring and dry. We dug up 10 fascinating facts that won’t put you to sleep.
1. Falling asleep should take 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re out within five minutes of your head hitting the pillow, you’re probably sleep-deprived.
2. Ever wake up to find you’re in the middle of getting intimate with your partner? You’re not alone. One study found that 8% of participants reported “sexsomnia.”
3. Just because you can’t remember your dreams doesn’t mean you’re not having them. The average person has four to six dreams each night, but won’t recall 99% of them.
4. Pulling an all-nighter actually does more harm than good, as it can reduce your ability to study and remember new facts by 40%.
5. Sleep might just make you happier. Research shows that sleeping an extra 60 to 90 minutes per night would make most Americans happier, safer and healthier.
6. Humans are the only mammal that willingly delays sleep. Guess that’s one thing that separates us from the animals.
7. Drowsy driving causes an estimated 100,000 car accidents per year. If you’re tired, you should probably stay off the road.
8. Ever hear someone claim that the average person swallows eight spiders per year? Well, the good news is that this sleep statistic is entirely false. This is one fear you can cross off your list.
9. Feeling cold at night is perfectly normal because your body temperature drops 1 to 2 degrees during sleep. Make sure you have plenty of cozy blankets on hand.
The more you know! Craving more interesting sleep statistics? Check out our blog post 10 Sleep Apnea Facts and Statistics You Should Know.