It’s something we do every day – getting a little bit of shuteye is second nature to us. Some of us even find ourselves nodding off on the bus home from work, or during an especially long and boring meeting. It’s our body’s way of recharging, and keeping us in top condition to get through the day.
At Soak & Sleep, we pride ourselves in knowing a thing or two about snoozing; but some of these facts come as a bit of a surprise even to us! Take a look at these strange, amazing facts and maybe you’ll start looking at snuggling down at the end of the day in a different way!
The Longest Time Without Sleep
The longest recorded time that someone has gone without sleep is, according to the Guinness Book of Records, 276 hours. This was completed by Toimi Soini, who set the record in February 1964. That’s about a day and a half!
Unofficially, the longest time gone without sleep is meant to have been undertaken by a member of a rocking chair marathon, who was apparently awake for 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes.
Sleep deprivation can cause hallucinations, memory loss, illness and paranoia. We recommended snuggling up under a duvet instead.
Weird Sleep Laws
Strange as it may seem, there are some laws about sleep that you shouldn’t break in certain parts of the world. For example, in Tulsa, Oaklahoma, you aren’t allowed to sleep while you’re wearing boots.
In Pennsylvania, you might get in trouble with the law if you are found having a nap on top of your fridge out of doors. It’s okay if you want to get some shuteye on your fridge inside your house though. Cosy!
Fear of Sleep
Somniphobia is the fear of sleep. It’s a real thing – in fact, it’s a recognised sleep disorder. Sufferers are so scared of snoozing that they experience panic at the thought of dropping off.
Most people who are afraid of sleep cite recurring nightmares as the main reason for their phobia.
Interesting Effects of No Sleep
If you stay awake for more than 17 hours, you’ll notice that you have a decrease in overall performance very similar to if your alcohol blood level were 0.05%.
This is why it has been estimated that one in six fatal road accidents involve a driver suffering from fatigue.
Making Decisions when you’re Tired
When you’re sleepy, you become more susceptible to positivity. That means, you’re less receptive to the idea of negative consequences.
So the main takeaway? Don’t make serious decisions when you haven’t had enough shut-eye!