27 Weird Facts About Something You Do Every Single Day

We all need to sleep. If we didn’t sleep, we’d die. The number of hours we need per night is always up in the air, but the fact of the matter is that those who don’t get enough sleep are usually pretty miserable.

While it seems like a pretty simple activity, so many things happen while we sleep. Don’t believe me? Check these out.

1. Humans spend an average of 25 years sleeping over the course of a lifetime.

2. Parents of newborn babies miss out on roughly 6 months of sleep during the baby’s first 2 years of life.

3. The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days.

4. Sleeping less than 7 hours each night reduces life expectancy.

5. Some deaf people sign in their sleep.

6. Lack of sleep can cause people to gain about 2 pounds a week.

7. It’s impossible to sneeze in your sleep.

8. Work hours are so insane in Japan that it’s normal for people to fall asleep on the job.

9. If you have trouble getting out of bed every morning, you’re suffering from something called dysania.

10. People sleep differently depending on the moon’s phases. We tend to sleep best under a new moon, and worst under a full moon.

11. Tibetan monks have been known to sleep standing up.

12. Pilots surveyed in the U.K. have admitted to falling asleep while flying passenger planes.

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13. Believing that you’ve slept well improves performance, even if you didn’t get that much sleep.

14. Memories take hold better during sleep.

15. John Lennon used to sleep in an old coffin from time to time.

16. Studies show that students at schools with later start times perform better.

17. You burn more calories while sleeping than you do while watching television.

18. Sleep deprivation can impair judgment and slow reaction time.

19. Neuroscientists believe that babies don’t dream for the first few years of their lives.

20. Women experience more nightmares than men.

21. When in complete darkness, most people adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 12 hours of sleep, and 36 hours of activity.

22. Contrary to popular belief, the likelihood of eating even one spider in your lifetime while sleeping is slim to none.

23. About 8% of Americans sleep naked.

24. The average person in France sleeps 8.83 hours a night — the most in the developed world.

25. Morphine got its name from Morpheus, the God of Sleep, because morphine has a tendency to make people lethargic.

26. A baby’s brain can use up to 50% of its glucose in a day, which explains why they need so much sleep.

27. People who suffer from migraines, heart conditions, and sleep deprivation often experience nightmares.

(via Fact Slides)

I bet you didn’t know all of that! Now you’ll have a better appreciation for what’s going on while you’re sleeping.

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They Took Their 1-Year-Old Out In The Snow, And What She Did Is So Awesome

For many people, snow is an inconvenience. It messes up the roads and makes it almost impossible to get to work on time. And we all know that shoveling is horrible. It’s all just part of one big headache.

But for the people who enjoy snow, this is the only time of year when they get to do some of their favorite activities — like building snowmen, making igloos, having snowball fights, and snowboarding. This snow-loving family, for example, was so excited about the first big snowfall that they got their one-year-old daughter in on the action. Check out her awesome moves!

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This little girl can’t contain her excitement, and you can’t blame her! Those skills are pretty unbelievable.

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This Is Exactly Why You Should Never Celebrate A Victory Too Early

Celebrating a victory is a very normal thing to do. You won the game, and you should be proud of yourself! Once the game is over and you’ve secured your victory, feel free to party and celebrate all you want.

But make sure that the game is over. If you get caught celebrating a victory too early, well…something like this will most likely happen.

Next time you are thinking of showing a little hubris, remember these boys. They thought they had the game all wrapped up, but alas, they did not. What a sick shot!

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This Coloring Book Was Designed By Someone Who Had His Eyes Closed The Entire Time

A new trend in books has taken the world by storm, and it’s not what you would expect. No, it’s not another series like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games it’s something much more elementary. Welcome to the wonderful world of adult coloring books.

And one take on the trend has opened quite a few eyes in New York City. Artist Ian Sklarsky just developed a coloring book in collaboration with Yotel NYC by using a method called blind contouring. This process involves drawing with your eyes closed so that the only guide you have is the image in your mind.

Wanting to give visitors a unique experience, the team at Yotel NYC enlisted the help of artist Ian Sklarsky to create a coloring book that would entertain more mature guests.

Using a method called blind contouring, he filled the book with artful images that are anything but childish.

Instead of focusing on perfection, Sklarsky concentrated intently on the illustrations that he wanted to create and drew from what appeared in his mind.

That’s why blind contour artists draw with their eyes closed. Another interesting element of this technique is that creators don’t lift their pens or pencils from the paper until the piece is complete.

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“My art simply shows that there aren’t any wrongs,” Sklarsky explained. “It’s about the enjoyment of figuring out how to get from point A to point B without looking.”

The resulting coloring book is as intriguing as it is entertaining.

Each illustration is totally abstract, but the subjects are still recognizable.

Most of the scenes are familiar to people who love to travel.

There is a method to the madness, and Sklarsky loves unleashing his creative energy on projects like this.

This just goes to show you that there are so many innovative ways to create art. All you have to do is think outside the box.

To learn more about Ian Sklarsky’s work, check out his website. For regular updates, follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

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These Teens Harassed An Elderly Person, But Wait Until You See What A Passerby Did

The elderly are in a tough spot in modern society. Because technology is developing so quickly, people of older generations have a hard time keeping up. It also doesn’t help that they’re not as able-bodied as they used to be, and therefore they have a hard time defending themselves. Sadly, people are always looking to exploit them.

That’s why these people set up an experiment to see if anyone would intervene if they saw an elderly person being harassed. When you see how the situation played out, your faith in humanity will be restored.

Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers. At least we know that the majority of people would stop bullies from harassing the elderly. There is still some good in the world.

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Woman Celebrates Her 80th By Going Skydiving…And Then The Worst Thing Happens

Skydiving is an activity for the brave. That’s why it’s on a lot of people’s bucket lists. It’s something that many want to do before they die, but are too afraid to attempt.

When Laverne turned 80, she decided to bite the bullet and cross it off her list. Unfortunately for the octogenarian, everyone’s worst nightmare came true when she slipped out of her safety harness and began falling to Earth.

What an extremely horrifying scene! I’m sure she won’t be trying to jump out of a plane ever again. But her daredevil streak isn’t over…

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This Pit Bull Was Thrown Out Because He Wasn’t Perfect, But A Hero Saved Him

Captain is a pit bull that was abandoned by his family because he wasn’t “perfect.”

He was born with a blind left eye and a deformed right ear, and for that reason, his owners abandoned him on the steps of a kill shelter in North Carolina. This typically would’ve been a death sentence for such an unusual-looking dog, but thankfully, these people were kind enough to save him.

North Carolina’s Cause for Paws swooped in and rescued him from the brink of death, and the kind cutie is beyond grateful.

Nicole Horabik is the woman who saved the puppy and placed him at the Cause for Paws facility.

Captain was only 8 weeks old when he was rescued from the kill shelter.

Horabik later wrote an emotional Facebook post about Captain’s unfortunate life story and included this photo.

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Other than his aesthetic defects and his blind eye, Captain has a clean bill of health. There is no reason why he wouldn’t make a wonderful companion.

Rescuers believe that Captain’s next owners will be more loving toward the affable pup because he’s so gentle and friendly. Let’s hope that they’re right!

(via Little Things)

To find out more about Cause for Paws, you should head over to their website. From there, you can find out how to donate, volunteer, and even adopt a forever friend of your own!

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