Interesting Facts

  • 17 hours without sleep leads to a decrease in performance that is the same as a blood alcohol level after two glasses of wine!
  • Randy Gardner holds the scientifically-documented record of going 11 days without sleep and without using any stimulants.
  • Side effects include moodiness, problems with concentration and short-term memory, paranoia and hallucinations.
  • Teenagers' biological clock tends to keep them awake longer at night and wake up later in the morning, which makes it hard to wake up early for school.
  • Waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep could be a sign of insomnia.
  • We dream less as we get older.
  • Snoring, if accompanied by sleepiness during the day could be a sign of sleep apnea which can be life threatening.
  • Elephants can sleep standing up. They often take short naps this way.
  • Giraffes can go without sleep for weeks.
  • Dogs share similar symptoms of narcolepsy as humans, which proved invaluable for advancement in treating narcolepsy.