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Can napping at work boost productivity? Know 20 fascinating facts about sleep

Research shows before colour television was introduced, only 15 percent of people dreamt in colour. Older people dream in black and white more often than younger people.

Not only this, the sensation of falling when half asleep and jerking yourself awake is called ‘hypnic jerks’. No one is totally sure why this condition occurs but they are not considered as a threat to something serious. 

MM’s news filtered list of sleep facts listed below will make a person learn so much new about sleep: 

1) Studies show that napping at work can boost your productivity.

2) To a brain, one sleepless night is the cognitive equivalent of being legally drunk.

3) Lack of sleep may shrink your brain.

4) Sleeping under a weighted blanket can help reduce insomnia and anxiety.

5) We lose over a pound of weight during sleep by exhaling.

6) Dysania is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

7) Depression can cause you to dream up to 3 to 4 times more than you normally would.

8) Somniphobia is the fear of falling asleep.

9) The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

10) People who frequently take naps tend to die younger than those who do not, a study found.

11) Violent dreams may be an early sign of brain disorders down the line, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

12) Women experience significantly more nightmares than men and have more emotional dreams, the research found.

13) You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

14) The occurrence of nightmares could be due to heart conditions, migraine, and sleep deprivation.

15) Sleep deprivation affects the brain in multiple ways that can impair judgment and slow reaction.

16) The ability of the brain to tell what’s important from what’s not is compromised by lack of sleep.

17) It’s impossible to sneeze while sleeping.

18) Lack of sleep can cause a weight gain of 2 pounds (0.9 kg) in under a week.

19) Humans spend a third of their life sleeping. That’s about 25 years.

20) Believing You’ve Slept Well, Even If You Haven’t, Improves Performance.