Life in Space Sleep and Relaxation
By: Abbilash Jegatheeswaran
Do astronauts require more or less sleep than normal when they are in space?
Astronauts require less sleep than normal because they need to be alerted to danger in space like an asteroid attack. When something goes wrong during the astronaut's sleep, they wake up and see the problem.
How many hours of sleep do astronauts usually get each night?
Researchers discovered that over 50 astronauts on board 80 space shuttle,21 astronauts on the ISS slept for just six hours per night on average, even though their schedules called for 8.5 hours of slumber. Basically astronauts can get 6-8 hours of sleep.
How do astronauts relax in space?
When astronauts do have time to relax, they often spend it connecting with people on Earth or enjoying familiar Earth pastimes like making music, playing a board game or even taking pictures. Astronauts can talk to their families and friends by email. Crew members living on the ISS can also talk to their families through private video conferences.
If astronauts don't sleep in a bed, where do astronauts sleep?
Astronauts sleep in their sleeping bags and attach to the walls, the ceiling, or the floor. As long as they don't float around and bump into something they will be fine . On the ISS, most of the crew sleep in their own small cabins while the rest of the crew can sleep on the walls, the ceiling, or the floor