Have you ever wondered why we sleep? Usually the first thing people consider is resting. However, resting doesn’t have much to do with sleep, actually the body doesn’t really use sleep for rest. At least not in the way you would think. Turns out sleep is more of something that’s not explainable, even for scientists, but needs to happen for us to stay alive. Why and how exactly it happens is still a big mystery. However, there’s still some quite famous misconceptions about sleep we all consider as facts that you should probably know about. Here’s ten bizarre reasons why everything you know about sleep is wrong.
Not Really Resting
While sleeping, the body still functions and burns calories. In eight hours of sleeping, body will burn around 50 calories, the same amount that’s in a piece of toast.
No Sleep Brings Pain
After only 17 hours without proper sleep, the body’s pain tolerance decreases and people start being more aware of even the tiniest pressure or discomfort.
If you go longer than a few days without regular sleep, your body will start to gain weight. A scientifically proven fact, and it happens because the body stops releasing the chemicals that regular appetite and you’re left eating way more.
As If Drunk
The body loses some of it function when not sleeping. After 24 hours of no sleep, a person acts the same way as if they drank two pints of beer and their blood alcohol level is 0.05%.
It is much easier and quicker to die from sleep deprivation than it is from not eating.
Our dreams depend on our reality. That’s why, when color TVs where first introduced, the number of people dreaming in color tripled.
The No Dreamers
For those who don’t dream, it is generally thought that they are dealing with some kind of a personality disorder.
Faces In Dreams
Every face you see in your dreams is a face you’ve seen before at some point in your life.
People who are blind from birth also dream, but experience dreams involving smell, taste, emotion and touch.
Parasomnia is a disorder that leads to involuntarily movements during sleep. It can lead to driving and even rape.