World Sleep Day 2015

World Sleep Day aims to celebrate sleep and raise awareness for sleep related problems and health issues. (Happy Red Nose Day too!)
To celebrate world sleep day here are some fun facts;


Man is the only mammal that willingly delays sleep.
The average optimum amount of time spent asleep is 7.8 hours (this does vary from person to person).

Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.

According to the International Classifications of Sleep Disorders, shift workers are at increased risk for a variety of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases.


    In general, exercising regularly makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep. However, exercising sporadically or right before going to bed will make falling asleep more difficult.

    You don’t need eight house continuous sleep a night, in fact our ancestors used to wake up in the middle of the night for a few hours every night.
    There is a part of the brain that regulates your body clock with the help of light.

    The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days.


    Caffeine has been called the most popular drug in the world. All over the world people consume caffeine on a daily basis in coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, some soft drinks, and some drugs.

    Blind People often have trouble with sleep because daylight is so important in controlling our natural body clock (circadian rhythm).
    Up to half of teenagers are sleep deprived.

    You spend 33% of your life in bed.

    We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day: about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural dip in alertness that is primarily responsible for the post-lunch dip.
    The average optimum amount of time spent asleep is 7.8 hours (this does vary from person to person).
    Margaret thatcher and Winston Churchill both got by on 4 hours sleep a night!

    When infants are put to bed drowsy but not asleep, they are more likely to become "self- soothers," which enables them to fall asleep independently at bedtime and put themselves back to sleep during the night.

    Not getting enough sleep in your formative years can lead to increased risk of dementia later in life.

    Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption in Adults.

    One of the primary causes of excessive sleepiness among Americans is self-imposed sleep deprivation.

    People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone) fall, promoting appetite increase.
    I am going to Celebrate world sleep day by getting into bed early and instead of watching Netflix read a book with a mug of chamomile tea.
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