World Sleep Day

Are you a morning bird or a night owl?

Friday 15th of March welcomes World Sleep Day! The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of healthy sleep. Here are some surprising facts about sleep.

No matter how hard we try, sometimes it feels impossible to get the right amount of sleep. The next day, our work as well as our mood, wellbeing and general health can be effected.

Which is where World Sleep Day comes in. On this year, taking place on the 15th of March, the day is dedicated to help raise awareness of the importance of healthy sleep. Though there are some facts about sleep which might surprise you.

Some people dream in black and white

A study revealed that before the invention of colour television, 75% of people dreamt in grayscale, so those exposed to primarily black and white media tended to dream in black and white, whereas younger participants dreamt in colour. 

Two thirds of a cat’s life is spent asleep

This will come as no surprise to most cat owners. Everything is a tempting looking bed to a cat, including your favourite seat or the keyboard that you’re trying to use. 

Dysania is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed.

Sometimes getting out of bed is tricky, but those who suffer from find it particularly difficult. The condition is most likely a form of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

It’s estimated that up to 15% of the population are sleepwalkers.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more people sleepwalk than you might have originally thought. They also state that it’s a myth that you shouldn’t wake someone who is sleepwalking. 

People in your dreams aren’t strangers

While you might think you’re seeing a stranger in your dreams, every face that appears is likely to be someone you’ve seen at some point in your life. To your conscious self they are a stranger, but your memory may have registered them in the few seconds that you met. 

We forget almost all of our dreams

The average person has between four and six dreams every night, but most people as soon as they open their eyes forget what was happening. 

The sensation of jerking awake is called ‘hypnic jerks’

No-one is entirely sure why hyping jerks happen, though they are perfectly healthy. However, they may happen more frequently as a result of anxiety, caffeine or physical activity being done close to bed time and tend to decrease as we get older. 

Want to get a better night sleep? Check out some top tips:

  • Take a couple of hours before bed to wind down.
  • Go to bed to sleep, not watch television or read to help you associated bed with sleep and not other activities. 
  • Try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, this will help your body settle into a regular routine. 
  • Ensure the room you’re sleeping in is cool, dark and free from distractions. 
  • Put your phone of do not disturb mode to avoid being woken in the middle of the night.
  • Regular, gentle exercise throughout the day can help sleep, but avoid exercise late at night. 
  • Try and make small adjustments through stressful times to relax before bed. 


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