Some Interesting Facts About Sleep

Some Interesting Facts About Sleep

We all often wonder how necessary sleep really is. Following are some interesting facts about sleep.

  • It’s been suggested that learning to play the Didgeridoo (an Australian musical instrument) can assist in alleviating snoring by strengthening the throat and pharyngeal muscles. This can help to keep the airways clear. (source – The British Medical Journal)
  • One of the loudest snores recorded in Guinness World Records was 93 decibels (120db is a jet engine), by Kare Walkert of Kumla, Sweden, in 1993.
  • But British grandmother of four Jenny Chapman was diagnosed in 2009 with snores  reaching 111.6 decibels. Imagine the dismay of her long suffering husband? (source – Daily Mail Australia) 
  • Experts say one of the most alluring sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the internet.
  • Shift workers are believed to get between 1 and 2 hours less sleep for every 24 hours than someone who works regular shifts.
  • Fasting for 16 hours will reset your body’s natural sleep/wake cycle and is considered an effective way to overcome jetlag.
  • When you lose two hours sleep per night/day over a four day period you can be almost as sleep deprived as someone who has missed an entire nights sleep. Makes sense right? Being sleep deprived can increase the risk of accidents at work or when driving.
  • Have you ever heard of the term “micro-sleep”? It’s when you fall asleep for only a few seconds. You may not realize you are doing it, but it can prove highly dangerous if not fatal, especially if you are driving or operating machinery of any kind.

Some Interesting Facts About Sleep

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10 replies
  1. Michael
    Michael says:

    This is fascinating! I knew sleep was important but I’d never heard some of these statistics and sleep tips. I might have to take up playing the Didgeridoo! 🙂 I also found the fasting data to be quite interesting. All I know is that I need my 8 hours of sleep a night and if I deviate too much from this, I’m not nearly as creative or focused. Thanks for the great info. So good!

  2. Al
    Al says:

    Sometimes I struggle to fall asleep. I find that certain apps help, like listening to the sound of rain falling. The thing that helps most for me is listening to an audiobook or podcast with fairly gentle voices. I don’t need to pay attention, but it really helps. Also I am pretty sure I snore… not world record level, though!

    • Dee
      Dee says:

      There are some wonderful Aps out there Al, the sound of rain or a gentle wind is considered “white noise” which can be incredibly soothing when suffering from sleep issues. As for the snoring, if you have concerns, see your doctor. Snoring can indicate other underlying issues (sleep apnea etc). Sleep well 🙂

  3. Rikky D. T. Maas
    Rikky D. T. Maas says:

    I think micro-sleeping was a thing for me in university, oops 🙂 very interesting! Sleep is so important, but it’s so easy to neglect.. I’ve had a couple of very good nights’ sleep lately luckily!

  4. Kendra
    Kendra says:

    Great information! I have heard some of these statistics but not the snoring ones. How on earth could anyone sleep with someone snoring that loud? Guess that is another reason for me to remain solo!


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