25 Crazy Facts About Sleep

Why do you sleep? Okay we know, it sounds like a pretty dumb question with a fairly obvious answer, but the truth is that scientists have not yet been able to fully figure it out. In fact, it probably should have been on our list of the 25 biggest mysteries of history. Over the last several decades though, using modern technology, researchers have been able to measure brain waves and find out a little bit about what is going on in our heads at night. It’s thanks to these trailblazers that we can bring you 25 Crazy Facts About Sleep.

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In 2004, more than 35 million sleeping pill prescriptions were filled in America, a number that more than doubled from the previous four years.

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Upon joining the European Union, Spain launched a campaign to get rid of its world famous siestas, or afternoon naps, in order to show that it was intent on integration.

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Although people born blind don’t see images when they dream, they do have an increased auditory, tactile, and olfactory experience.

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Scientists haven’t been able to figure out why exactly we need sleep. Common theories include adaptation, energy conservation, restoration, and brain plasticity.

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Do you find that you wake up a few times in the middle of the night? Well, you're not exactly alone. While the statistics vary, the average person wakes up between 2-6 times per night, and one study said that some participants woke up as much as 11 times a night!

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