Sleeping is a lot more important than you might think.
In today's "rise and grind" world, we're urged to sleep less and work more. We're told that "sleep is for the weak." We're told "sleep is the cousin of death." But is it really? Or is the whole anti-sleep narrative actually just fabricated folklore working against us?
Check out 25 important facts you should know about sleep, and hey, next time you're looking to take a nap at work, you can tell your bosses all about Japan's obscure appreciation for sleeping on the job.
1. We, as humans, sleep for one-third of our lives (approximately 25 years).
2. Cats, on the other hand, sleep for about 70 percent of their lives.
3. Among Americans, self-imposed sleep deprivation is one of the main causes behind excessive sleepiness.
4. People who fail to get an adequate amount of sleep typically find themselves to be hungrier than those who sleep well.
5. Those who are separated, divorced or widowed tend to experience more insomnia than others.
6. Not getting a sufficient amount of sleep can cause a 2-pound weight gain in less than a week.
7. Scientists still haven't figured out if animals actually dream during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep like humans do.