In recent years, researchers have begun to make deep inquiries into all things sleep related. While there’s still quite a bit to learn, we have gained knowledge that helps us spend our nights in the most restful way. Below we’ll give you a series of questions related to sleep and their answers, some of which just may surprise you.
1.) How much of our lives are spent sleeping?
The average person spends roughly one-third of their life asleep. However, if you suffer from sleep apnea, this important portion of your life could be greatly affected. It’s worth getting treatment that could help you spend that third of your life getting the best rest possible.
2.) How long should it take most people to fall asleep?
The National Sleep Foundation says that falling asleep should take about 10 to 20 minutes from the moment you climb into bed. If it takes you more or less time, it could be your body’s way of telling you that something is off. If you find yourself falling asleep almost instantly, it could be that you’re not sleeping enough, or not getting the restful sleep that you need. If you struggle to get a full night’s sleep, you should consult with a doctor.
3.) Which can kill you faster – sleep deprivation or food deprivation?
Sleep is actually more important for your body than food in the short term. Your body’s fuel may be food, but it simply can’t run without the proper amount of sleep. While death is an uncommon end result of sleep apnea, if you’re not getting the restorative sleep you need every night it could be causing serious damage to your overall health.
4.) What percent of people dream only in black and white?
According to the New York Times, only about 12 percent of people dream without color. Surprisingly, before color TV, it was found that the opposite was true, with only about 15% of people dreaming in color. Today, older people dream in black and white more often than their younger counterparts.
5.) What is the term for finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning?
Everyone has days when it may be difficult to get out of bed. However, if you find it to be a nearly impossible struggle to rise from bed nearly every morning, it may be from something called dysania. This condition can have many underlying causes, one of which is sleep apnea. Getting your sleep apnea treated could help you overcome dysania and have you ready to tackle every day with energy and enthusiasm.
6.) What percentage of married couples sleep in separate beds?
A National Sleep Foundation study found that 1 in 4 married couples sleep in different beds, while 10 percent sleep in different rooms. If your loud, continuous snoring is preventing you from sharing a bed with your partner, it may be worth seeing if you have sleep apnea and getting treatment.
Sleep apnea affects nearly 22 million Americans, but you don’t have to live with the restless nights it causes. Schedule a consultation with our office today and discuss your treatment options with us. We can find one that works for you and helps you reclaim that third of your life that you spend sleeping. Our Glen Burnie sleep apnea team looks forward to helping you find rest.