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      20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Sleep

      I read this on msn, and i thought it was random but at the same time interesting. so here it is.
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      20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Sleep
      By Jason Stahl
      Provided by Discover Magazine

      The official world record for staying awake, possible killers lurking in our mattresses, a continent's war against naps and more




      1. Chronic snoring can be treated by uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, a surgical procedure that tightens the tissues of the soft palate and throat. Possible side effects include changes in voice frequency.


      2. Another option involves injecting the palate with a chemical to harden the soft tissue. This is called a snoroplasty, derived from the Greek word "plastos," meaning "molded," and somewhat lamely from the English word snore, meaning "snore."


      3. Baaaad idea: A 2002 study by Oxford University researchers concluded, brilliantly, that the traditional practice of counting sheep is an ineffective cure for insomnia. The mental activity is so boring that other problems and concerns inevitably surface.


      4. Mattresses have an average life span of eight to 10 years. They grow some nasty stuff in that time; one study links mattress bacteria to sudden infant death syndrome.


      5. An adult bed bug can survive up to one year without feeding.



      6. In 2004, Americans filled more than 35 million prescriptions for sleeping pills. The number of adults aged 20 to 44 taking pills to help them fall asleep has doubled in the last four years.


      7. More than 100,000 car crashes in the United States each year result from drowsiness. Drivers talking on cell phones increase the rate by 6 percent, so don't call someone if you get tired.


      8. Your alarm is set for 6 a.m. -- why do you wake up at 5:59 a.m.? The body's internal alarm clock, which enables some people to wake up naturally at the time they desire, is triggered by the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin. The levels of this hormone begin to rise an hour or two before an expected wake-up call, to prepare the body gradually for the stress of waking up.


      9. A six-year study of a million adults showed that people who get only six to seven hours of sleep a night have a lower death rate than those who get eight hours. Maybe it's those late nights watching QVC.


      10. In 1964, 17-year-old Randy Gardner stayed awake for 264 hours and 12 minutes, the officially recognized world record. He then slept for 15 hours -- not a record, but not bad.


      11. Let's sleep on it first: In a gesture of integration with the European Union, Spain has launched a campaign to eliminate the tradition of siestas, or afternoon naps.


      12. Thanks in part to their afternoon naps, Spaniards sleep an average of 40 minutes less per night than other Europeans. Spain also has the highest rate of workplace accidents in the EU and the third lowest productivity rate.


      13. Who knew it was that easy? A Muslim couple in India is being forced to split up after the husband uttered the word "talaq," the Arabic word for divorce, three times in his sleep. According to Muslim law, the "triple talaq" is an actual divorce.


      14. The idea that it is dangerous to wake a sleepwalker is a myth. Given the things sleepwalkers get up to do, like climb roofs and fix insanely large sandwiches, it is probably more risky not to wake them.


      15. Whales and dolphins can literally fall half asleep. Their brain hemispheres alternate sleeping, so the animals can continue to surface and breathe.



      16. Dreaming is related to bursts of electrical activity that blow through the brain stem every 90 minutes during REM sleep. Over a lifetime, an average person spends more than six years dreaming, clocking more than 136,000 dreams in all.


      17. But nobody knows why we dream.


      18. Hey, be glad she doesn't have a telethon: More than 5 million American children suffer from nocturnal enuresis, better known as bed wetting. Actress Suzanne Somers used to be one of them, according to her autobiography.


      19. Somniphobia is the fear of sleep.


      20. So far, there are no known celebrity somniphobes.
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      21. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead dust mites and their droppings.
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      Quote Originally Posted by The Cusp View Post
      21. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead dust mites and their droppings.
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      *Looks at pillow*
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      Your alarm is set for 6 a.m. -- why do you wake up at 5:59 a.m.? The body's internal alarm clock, which enables some people to wake up naturally at the time they desire, is triggered by the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin. The levels of this hormone begin to rise an hour or two before an expected wake-up call, to prepare the body gradually for the stress of waking up.




      this has been confusing me for years thank you
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      Uhhhhhhhhhh, actually I knew all of these, and like only a million more.

      Okay, not really, but informative nonetheless.
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      Quote Originally Posted by The Cusp View Post
      21. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead dust mites and their droppings.
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      *Looks at pillow*
      Lol

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      knew about 7 of there
      :3 cool none-the-less

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      well this thread is really very interesting to know.. BUt i like to know how we are forgetting our dreams very soon after we woke up? i tried to keep drams in mind but i failed

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      most of these are stupid (or worded stupidly) but Ive had my bed 14yrs so i am disgusted by bed-bug things and #21.
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      The idea that it is dangerous to wake a sleepwalker is a myth. Given the things sleepwalkers get up to do, like climb roofs and fix insanely large sandwiches, it is probably more risky not to wake them.

      hahahah. It's funny.....cause they make big sandwiches..... hehehehe......
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      some of you might think these points are funny. But for me these are usefull in some way, so don't make fun guys.

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      Quote Originally Posted by The Cusp View Post
      21. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead dust mites and their droppings.
      +1 thing i never wanted to know. :l
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      Anyone else think that a half dust mite half pillow creature eating all those who lay their heads on it would be a good idea for a Sci Fi movie??
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      Quote Originally Posted by The Cusp View Post
      21. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead dust mites and their droppings.
      I've decided I'm going pillow shopping tomorrow...
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      #21 -
      Disgusting man! Reminds me of the video I watched in junior high science class that showed all the organisms living in the average American home.... Ugh, it makes me crawl.

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      Quote Originally Posted by The Cusp View Post
      21. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead dust mites and their droppings.
      Asshole..
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      Quote Originally Posted by Massacre View Post
      Anyone else think that a half dust mite half pillow creature eating all those who lay their heads on it would be a good idea for a Sci Fi movie??

      haha! that would be awesome. make it into something like "the blob" was.
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      hahaha... I can definitely see #21 as being a sci-fi show!

      Thanks for the facts

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      @19: Z?

      A lot of his characters seem to suffer from insomnia...

      I pick up a half-eaten copy of a book by Neil Gaiman, and decide this is all his fault.

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      Quote Originally Posted by The Cusp View Post
      21. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead dust mites and their droppings.
      =O ... I need to get a new pillow seeing as I have been using this one forever. The thing is, it's hard for me to adjust to another pillow as this one is comfortable, but nonetheless I need to get a fresh pillow.

      Thanks for the facts.

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      Quote Originally Posted by capoopy View Post
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      *Looks at pillow*
      I did that too, I am sitting on my bed.

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      ...Now I want a new pillow.
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      20 more things I need to think about before I actually fall asleep.

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      I don't know about body's internal alarm clock, which enables some people to wake up naturally at the time they desire. The levels of this hormone begin to rise an hour or two before an expected wake-up call, to prepare the body gradually for the stress of waking up.Thanks to give infrormation but I never wake up at alarm time.can you tell why?
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      @peteraugusts: It probably varies from person to person. I doubt everyone wakes up just before their alarm goes off. Are you getting enough sleep? That could make you sleep longer at night.

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