The topic of sleep is an important one for the staff and crew here at Sleepless in Midland. So studies, articles, and internet factoids about it get our attention. In that regard, a neat little website called weirdnewsfiles.com produced this item titled Sleeping facts you didn’t know. Here's a sampling:
- It's now OK to wake up a sleep walker.
- Bugs in a mattress can survive up to a year without eating.
- A siesta protects your mental and spiritual health. In addition to your memory, it improves your cognitive function and mood.
- More than 100,000 car accidents happen in the U.S. every year from drowsiness. The potential for drowsiness increases by 6% when talking on cell phone. [Maybe they need more interesting friends. -- Robo-ed.]
And finally this one:
- In a six-year study of one million adults, it was shown that those who slept 6-7 hours per night had lower death rates than those who slept eight hours. [8 hours sleep will kill you? Good luck selling that one. Bumper sticker: "If you don't wake up early, you might not wake up!"-- Robo-ed.]
Just trying to be helpful. Now excuse me while I go take a siesta.
*The "staff and crew" here actually consists of one human and a robot editor named Robo-ed -- think "Mystery Science Theater 3000." [I heard that! Robo-ed.]