3 Smart Things We Learned About Sleep This Weekend
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3 Smart Things We Learned About Sleep This Weekend

We believe that the hours you spend asleep should be some of the best hours of your day. While we think extra soft Bedding is an essential part of the experience, we know there’s so much more to how you sleep than just your bed linens. That’s why we’re always on the hunt for the best sleep insight around. This past weekend, we went on a spree reading articles upon articles about sleep — and the facts that we found are kind of changing the way that we think about getting shut eye. Here are a few of our most unexpected finds…

1. If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, you could have a higher sensitivity to pain. Ouch.

According to a scientific study from 2012, consistent sleep loss can reduce your tolerance for physical pain by roughly 25 percent. A study from 2006 found that getting half as much sleep as you normally do for even one night can significantly impair your body’s ability to tolerate pain. Our takeaway: Try to avoid intense physical activity the morning after a very long night.

2. Staying awake for 17-19 hours can make your brain function like a person with a BAC of 0.05 percent.

Ever felt extra loopy and befuddled after you’ve been awake for far, far too long? A study published in 2000 confirms that not sleeping enough can affect your brain’s speed and accuracy. So much so, in fact, that you could function up to 50 percent slower than a person with a BAC of 0.05 percent in certain situations. With periods of wakefulness longer than 17-19 hours, subjects exhibited behavior closer to that of a person with a BAC of 0.1 percent. (Those symptoms can include impaired reflexes and reaction time as well as slurred speech. Yikes!) Yet another reason why we’re big believers in nap time.

3. Twelve percent of people dream in black and white.

A study from 2008 found that most people born after 1983 almost always dream in color. But if you were born during or before 1953, it’s highly possible that a quarter of your dreams occur in black and white — which researchers attribute to a lack of childhood exposure to color television. Fun fact: In the 1940s, 75 percent of Americans said that they “rarely” or “never” dreamt in color. We like to think of this as the dreamscape version of “The Wizard of Oz.”