Here are some sleep facts and stats from the AASM:
- Humans spend about 1/3 of their lives asleep.
- Newborns need about 16 to 20 hours of sleep per day.
- During adolescence a change in the body clock keeps most teens from feeling sleepy until 10 p.m. or later.
- Adults who don’t get enough sleep tend to act sluggish, but sleep-deprived children may be hyperactive.
- Sleeping less than seven hours per night increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression.
- Drowsy driving is associated with almost 20 percent of all serious car-crash injuries.
- During a full night of sleep most adults go through four to six sleep cycles that each last about 90 minutes to 110 minutes.
- During the stage of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, your limb muscles become temporarily paralyzed to prevent you from acting out your dreams.
- It is estimated that 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder.
- People with untreated sleep apnea have a higher rate of death due to heart disease.
- Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint, affecting about 30 percent of adults.
- For every time zone that you cross during a flight, it takes your body about one day to adjust.
So celebrate National Sleep Awareness Week the best way: Get a good night’s sleep!