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.
20. In 2004 more than 35 million sleeping pill prescriptions were filled in America, a number that more than doubled from the previous four years.
15. Somniphobia is the fear of sleep.
10. Scientists have determined that counting sheep is ineffective for putting oneself to sleep. Evidently it is too boring and imagining a calming landscape generally works much better.
5. Every 90 minutes, during REM sleep, a burst of electrical activity flows through your brainstem which also happens to be when you experience dreams.
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