The weird and wonderful world of sleep

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We are well aware of how important sleep is for our physical bodies and for our emotional and mental wellbeing. With many people reporting that their mental health takes a dip when they have been deprived of enough sleep for one reason or another. Having your room at just the right temperature of around 18 degrees Celsius and ensuring that you have created a relaxed environment with little clutter and all your clothes neatly stored away in the Hampshire Fitted Wardrobes that you purchased from to help you drift off in a place of calm.

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There is still so much that we don’t know about the human brain and how it operates during sleep but there are a few things that we do know from research and sleep studies that have been undertaken.

It is thought that we actually spend around one third of our lives asleep, this obviously depends on your age and the amount of hours that you sleep each night as this amount will differ for each person with some people being able to function on around 5-6 hours of sleep and others needing a good 8-10 hours to feel refreshed the following day. Animals also differ in the amount of sleep that they need with a brown bat needing around 20 hours of sleep a day and a giraffe needing only 2 hours of sleep. This obviously changes based on the size of the animal and whether they are nocturnal or not. In contrast to our one third of time spent asleep it is estimated that a cat will actually sleep for two-thirds of its life. So, that’s why you will often find your cat curled up in a nice warm place soring away during the middle of the day.

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When it comes to dreaming it is thought that around 12 percent of the population dram in black and white. This is thought to be the older generations and is possible linked to the fact that during the early part of their lives the television set would have produced pictures only in black and white. People who have problems with their hearing and use sign language can often be found to be signing during their sleep, particularly if they are having a very vivid dream. Most of the dreams that we experience whilst asleep go un-remembered as around 50 percent of our dreams are forgotten within five minutes of waking up and within ten minutes almost 90 percent of dreams have been forgotten.

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