Did You Know? – Sleeping
B About one-third of our lives are spent sleeping, but very little is really known about it.
B Newborn babies can sleep for up to 21 hours out of 24. Children and teenagers need approximately 10 hours of sleep a night, while most adults need only 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Those over 65 need the least of all—about six hours.
B Trains have a “dead man’s handle”, which must be held at all times. If the driver falls asleep and loses his grip, the train stops.
B Atleast 30% of the adults snore. Many inventors have come up with anti-snoring machines to solve the problem. These include mouth or nose devices that alter breathing by blasting the snorers with sounds, giving them electric shocks or shaking their beds.
B Extreme sleep deprivation can be dangerous and even lead to death. In 1977, Maureen Weston of Peterborough in the UK stayed awake for 449 hours during a rocking chair marathon. She suffered from hallucinations but was otherwise unharmed.