Interesting Sleep Facts

slpEveryone needs sleep. Sometimes getting sleep can be an issue. Sometimes falling to sleep can be an issue. But either way there has been a lot of research done on sleeping and dreaming, sleep schedules, the amount of sleep people of all ages require, etc., etc. In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, shares some interesting sleep facts.

Sleep Facts

#1:  Newborns have an irregular sleep schedule spending periods of only 1 to 3 hours awake at a time, and sleeping anywhere from 10 to 18 hours in a 24 hour period.

#2: The average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Some people are able to function with as little as 6, others can hardly function with as many as 10.

#3: If you want your baby to be a “self-soother” put them to bed while they are drowsy rather than asleep. This allows them to learn how to fall asleep on their own.

#4: Man is the only mammal that willingly delays, or deprives himself of sleep.

#5: Self-imposed sleep deprivation is one of the leading causes of daytime drowsiness among Americans.

#6: Shift workers suffer more chronic illnesses than people on a regular sleep schedule.

#7: The body never adjusts to shift work.

#8: A hormone called Leptin regulates your appetite, but it decreases when people don’t get enough sleep. Therefore, lack of sleep can increase your appetite.

#9: Insomnia increases with age.

#10: Melatonin may reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep as well as how many times you wake during the night.

About Your Livonia MI Dentist Dr. Stewart

James R. Stewart, Jr, DDS, PC and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. If you think you or a loved one is dealing with a sleep disorder, call our office today at (734) 425-4400, to schedule an appointment. At Dental sleep Medicine of Michigan, we are committed to forming trusting relationships with our patients so we can work together to achieve sound treatment and a future full of restful nights.