There’s a lot scientists don’t understand about our sleep. Like, why do we need sleep in the first place? Why do we dream? And when we do dream, what do our dreams mean? Some researchers’ questions have been answered. But for the most part, they’re still in the dark.
If you’re someone who struggles with falling and staying asleep, you’re not alone. Millions of people don’t get the sleep they need for one reason or another, whether it’s a symptom of anxiety or because they’re simply too busy to get enough rest. And there are more consequences to sleep deprivation than just feeling tired. Not getting enough sleep can actually affect your mental and physical health in all kinds of unexpected ways. Some scientists say that the sleep you get each night is just as important to your health as your diet or your propensity for exercise.
There are routines you can practice before bed that might help you get your rest. For instance, turning off screens or meditating can earn you some more zzzs. But don’t get too many. Did you know too much sleep can actually be bad for you? There’s a lot about your sleep that you probably didn’t know. These weird sleep facts are so interesting, we promise they won’t put you to sleep.