Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sleep Stats & Facts for National Sleep Awareness Week

The National Sleep Foundation’s National Sleep Awareness Week is today through next Sunday. So how’s your sleep awareness?

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!


Micchan-san said...

thanks! the article helps for my sleep-related entry. : )

Anonymous said...

i love sleep

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, simply fabulous.

Anonymous said...

i did not know that.

Brittany and Shelby said...

brittany and shelby ROCK! (:

Anonymous said...

Simply amazing information, thank you!

Anonymous said...

this helped with my health poster! i love sleep!

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