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10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Sleep

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Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Sleep

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Sleep is the way in which our brain prepares for the next day. It’s important for our overall health and wellbeing.

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There are tons of interesting facts about sleep. For instance, there are actually certain before bed snacks that will help you sleep better, and if you are tired all of the time it may be because you are dehydrated or suffering from depression.

A good night sleep helps reduce stress, aids in weight loss, improves your memory and keeps your heart healthy.

The amount of sleep you need depends on your age

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Depending on your age, there is a certain amount of recommended hours of sleep you need each day.

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Newborns need 14-17 hours, infants need 12-15 hours, toddlers need 11-14 hours, pre-schoolers need 10-13 hours, school age children (6-13) need 9-11 hours, teenagers need 8-10 hours, young adults (18-25) need 7-9 hours, adults (26-64) need 7-9 hours and older adults need 7-8 hours.

Sleep helps your heart

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Individuals who do not sleep enough are at higher risk for cardiovascular diseaseaccording to the National Sleep Foundation.

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They explain: “Researchers understand that sleeping too little causes disruptions in underlying health conditions and biological processes like glucose metabolism, blood pressure, and inflammation.”

Some people can only dream in black and white

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Approximately 80 percent of dreams are in color; however, there is a small percentage of people who claim to only dream in black and white.

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There are foods that may help you fall asleep faster

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What you eat before bed plays an important role in how well you will sleep.

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Believe it or not, there are foods that you can eat before bed that will help you fall asleep faster, some of them include walnuts, tuna, almonds, rice and turkey.

Your sleep position may determine your personality

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If you sleep in the fetus position you are likely to be tough on the outside but sensitive on the inside.

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If you sleep on your stomach with your hands around the pillow you probably don’t like criticism or extreme situations; if you lay like a starfish, on your back with both of your arms up around the pillow, it is likely that you are a good friend and great listener. Click here for more sleeping positions.

Sleep can help improve your memory

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, a healthy sleep helps put us in the right state of mind to take in information throughout the day.

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It helps us process and retain information over the long term and strengthens connections between brain cells and transferring information from one brain region to another.

 

What you eat before bed can affect how well you sleep

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Don’t drink caffeine. It’s a stimulant that is likely to disturb your sleep and to make it harder for you to fall sleep.

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Stay away from spicy foods because you will most likely end up with indigestion and discomfort. Avoid sugary foods because they will raise your blood-sugar levels and cause your energy levels to spike.

Sleep deprivation is more harmful that food deprivation

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A person can last approximately 17 days without sleep and 3 weeks without food.

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Sleep deprivation can cause depression, aging, weight gain and forgetfulness.

Sleep helps reduce stress

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According to research, many people have reported that their stress increases when their quality and length of sleep decreases.

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37 percent of adults reported feeling tired and fatigued due to stress. Adults who slept less than eight hours a night reported higher stress levels than those who slept at least eight hours a night.

Light disturbance from your smart phone can affect your sleep

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The light from your smart phone keeps your mind stimulated, making it harder for you to fall asleep.

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According to cnet, the blue light that your LED screen gives off can slow down or stop the production of melatonin. Without melatonin we tend to stay awake longer which in turn keeps us up later than we intended.