Sleep Well

Why did the man put his bed in the fireplace?  He wanted to Sleep like a log!


We all need sleep and we all sleep, some longer or better than others. By the end of this program today, we’ll have you sleeping like a log (and you won’t need to put your bed in the fireplace).

How much do you really know about sleep? Take out a piece of paper and pen to take the following quiz and see how much you know about sleep. You can find the answers at the end of this article.

  1. Adults need between 6 and 9 hours of sleep.  T or F
  2. Your brain rests while you sleep.  T or F
  3. 1/3 of all Americans suffer from sleep disorders? T or F
  4. What disaster was determined to be caused by lack of sleep?
  5. Old people need less sleep.  T or F
  6. If you deprive yourself of sleep, you are more likely to experience weight gain, heart disease and diabetes?  T or F
  7. What is the ideal sleeping temperature?
  8. If I don’t get enough sleep during the week, I can make up for it by sleeping longer on the weekends.  T or F


Interesting and amazing facts about sleep:

  • The average person spends 6 years of their life dreaming.
  • The world record for not sleeping was set by 17-year-old Randy Gardner in 1964 when he was awake for 264 hours and 12 minutes.
  • In 1998 scientists scientists seemingly showed that shining a bright light on the back of a person’s knee could reset their biological clock.
  • A new baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year.
  • Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol-level of 0.05%.
  • Somniphobia is the fear of sleep.
  • Experts say one of the most alluring sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the internet.


Russell Foster: Why do we sleep?: 21:47 min



How to sleep better

Use the acronym CANT

Nicotine and Naps
Technology (TV, Computers, Lights)

Try doing the following:

  • Exercise during the day
  • Reduce your stress – meditation, yoga, exercise
  • Keep your go to bed and awake times consistent
  • Darken your room and keep it cool


Quiz answers: 1: T, 2: F, 3: F, 4: Valdez, 5: F, 6: T, 7: 65° F or 18° C, 8: F

How well did you score?


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