Why do we sleep?
Why did I choose this topic?
I chose this topic because I have always found it interesting why we sleep everyday, and why we can't just stay awake all the time. This doesn't really relate to me personally, but I've been pretty curious about this topic.
How does this relate to my everyday life?
This topic relates to my everyday life because everyday just about EVERYONE and just about everything living is sleeping at some point in time in the day/night.
Why is my topic important?
My topic is important because it helps our body and brains rest, and helps ton with our health.
It is actually impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision. People take short, light naps (cat naps) with their eyes open without ever actually noticing.
Parents of new babies miss out on 6 months worth of sleep in the first 2 years of their child's life. This happens because they (the parent) have to keep getting up in the middle of the night to either calm the baby because it was crying or have to feed or soothe the little one.
The longest time for not sleeping was 11 day. This record was made by Randy Gardner. He stayed awake by eating certain food sand drinks. But they never gave him a drop of caffeine. Gardner's two friends kept him awake during this experiment by also making him cruise in the car, taking trips down to the donut shop, blasting music, and having marathons on games they played.
After a long night rest in bed, in the morning people always seem to be having trouble getting upon the morning. This is called Dysania.
You actually burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV. While watching TV you burn just about 75-150 calories. But you burn 40-50 calories EACH HOUR when sleeping.
When not getting enough sleep it really effects the brain in multiple ways that can cause impair judgement and slow reaction to things.
Babies don't dream for the first few years of their life. It doesn't mean much but it means they don't have memory in this time period.