• Sherri HIner

Here are some random facts

As I am sure you have figured out, my life revolves around the mattress world, so any random information involves mattresses and sleep. So hear are a few facts from National Sleep Foundation. But we're not restricting this information to our 25 closest friends. Share it with everyone you know!

A human is the only mammal that willingly delays sleep.

  1. The higher up in altitude, the greater the sleep disruption. If you are 13,200 feet or more Sleep disturbance becomes greater. The disturbance is thought to be caused by diminished oxygen levels and accompanying changes in respiration. Most people adjust to new altitudes in approximately two to three weeks.

  2. Exercise is key in so many ways. If you exercise regularly it makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep. However, exercising sporadically or right before going to bed will make falling asleep more difficult.

  3. Sadly enough, divorced, widowed and separated people report more insomnia.

  4. Shockingly as important as it is, Six in ten healthcare professionals do not feel that they have enough time to have a discussion with their patients about insomnia during regular office visits.

  5. This one is scary, m

  1. Guilty of consuming and then wondering why I can not sleep. Caffeine has been called the most popular drug in the world. All over the world people consume caffeine on a daily basis in coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, some soft drinks, and some drugs.

  2. It is best for most healthy adults to get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. However, some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep (these people need to get a great 6) Others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours.

  3. In Spain they have siesta from 2pm to 5pm We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day: about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural dip in alertness that is primarily responsible for the post-lunch dip.

  4. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.

  5. According to the International Classifications of Sleep Disorders, shift workers are at increased risk for a variety of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases.

  6. Newborns sleep a total of 14 to 17 hours a day on an irregular schedule with periods of one to three hours spent awake.

  7. When infants are put to bed drowsy but not asleep, they are more likely to become "self- soothers," which enables them to fall asleep independently at bedtime and put themselves back to sleep during the night.

  8. Eighty-two percent of healthcare professionals believe that it is the responsibility of both the patient and the healthcare professional to bring up symptoms of insomnia during an appointment.

  9. The body never adjusts to shift work!

  10. There are individual differences in the need to nap. Some adults and children need to nap. However, the majority of teenagers probably nap in the afternoon because they are not sleeping enough at night.

  11. Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption for approximately 90 million American adults; 37 million on a regular basis.

  12. Scientists still don't know if animals dream during REM sleep, as humans do.

  13. Some studies show promise for the use of melatonin in shortening the time it takes to fall asleep and reducing the number of awakenings, but not necessarily total sleep time. Other studies show no benefit at all with melatonin.

  14. One of the primary causes of excessive sleepiness among Americans is self-imposed sleep deprivation.

  15. According to the results of NSF's Sleep in America poll, 36 percent of American drive drowsy or fall asleep while driving.

  16. According to the results of NSF's Sleep in America poll, a surprising 34 percent of respondents reported their employer allows them to nap during breaks and 16 percent provide a place to do so.

  17. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone) fall, promoting appetite increase.

  18. Rates of insomnia increase as a function of age, but most often the sleep disturbance is attributable to some other medical condition.

  19. And did you know seasonal affective disorder is believed to be influenced by the changing patterns of light and darkness that occur with the approach of winter?

Changing the height of your bed by even as small as one inch changes the way light hits your eyes and can take up to a month to adjust.

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