Including Things That BITE
How many hours does a human being sleeps on an average? The numbers reveal that if the average human lifespan is 79 years, the person will sleep for 26 years, which is 227,760 hours or 9490 days. This means one-third of an average human’s existence is spent sleeping. Some interesting figures also reveal that most of us spend nearly 7 years of our lives trying to sleep!
The age-old beliefs that humans are both physically and mentally inactive, when asleep have been dismissed. Scientists have revealed that our brain is actively engaged in a number of activities which are crucial to our existence and is closely linked with our quality of life when we sleep. A healthy sleep is considered vital for “brain plasticity” which is the ability of our brain to change and adapt because of experiences. Researchers have also shown that after people sleep, they tend to retain information and perform better on memory-based tasks.
Do you know?
Hormones Leptin & Ghrelin are responsible for feelings of hunger, satiety & fullness in our body, are adversely affected by our sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to increased fat storage, creating more risk for Type 2 Diabetes.
You might have known this sensation but never really spoke about it – yes, most people like you have experienced that feeling of falling into infinite air, as if nearing your doom. If this was followed by a strong jerk and you were wide awake, you experienced what is scientifically called Hypnic Jerk. It is not like a typical nightmare or an out-of-body experience, but for some, it can be very frightening.
While we know a lot about sleep-walking and sleep-talking, most people don’t know about another, somewhat similar condition—a disorder called Sleep Eating. Here, the brain hasn’t properly settled into sleep mode and it still, isn’t fully awake. This leads to some people binging on goodies left on a kitchen countertop without realising it.
This is slightly different from narcolepsy. The latter is about a type of sleep disorder that brings about excessive sleepiness. This is accompanied by hallucinations that are more vivid than just nightmares and even uncontrolled laughter. Sleep Paralysis is a short-lived symptom where the person is fully awake but unable to move, from a few seconds to perhaps a minute or so. This type of temporary but scary paralysis has been found more in people who have suffered extreme sleep deprivation.
Going down the Inception Way
This is something very similar to how this Hollywood blockbuster was presented—dream sequences within a dream. While sleep experts feel that this has got nothing to do with psychological stress or any other underlying problem, the inability to figure out dream sequences and waking-up with an overwhelmed mind happens to many people without a precise reason.
Out of Body Experiences…without being spiritual
The believers will tell you that instances of watching yourself sleep on the bed, seeing yourself sleep without being under the influence of alcohol or narcotics is about transcending into some type of spiritual space. However, sleep studies remain inconclusive just like they have no answers to why some people are able to solve the toughest questions during their sleep!
Insects that dine on you when you fall asleep!
Bed bugs are small insects. They are usually just 1 to 7 mm long, oval shaped, flat and reddish-brown. They live in the best of mattresses, luxurious bed frames, cracks of vintage furniture, and heirloom carpets. They can be found anywhere, from the roadside shelter to the abode of the president in a hotel suite. They are more active at night and excrete a tiny amount of anesthetic before they start feeding on humans. Bedbugs aren’t really considered dangerous but at times their bites can lead to allergic reactions. You should look for bites on skin exposed during your sleep, like your neck, arms, face, or hands.
We have proof for the scientifically inclined
A recent survey of a thousand pest control firms around the world by the University of Kentucky and the United States’ National Pest Management Association appears to show that the bedbug problem is increasing everywhere. Mites are tiny insects which usually feed on birds and animals, but mite infestations make their way indoors through birds, rats, and rodents. Mites too can bite humans. Parasitic mites cannot be seen with the naked eye because of their small size but they cause skin itching and rashes. Indoor mites tend to infest on stored foods, such as dry fruits, grains and meats. The tiny mites do not suck blood but they can leave the human skin irritated or inflamed.
Chiggers are the immature stage of harvest mite, which live in the fields, forests and places with dense vegetation. Chiggers leave red welts on the skin which can cause intense itching. Chigger infestation can look like a serious parasitic condition of the skin. Thrips are needle-sized insects, also called Thunderflies. They usually suck essential juices of plants, and can cause severe damage by even transferring viruses. These insects also bite humans. These bites typically create a pricking sensation.
Other insects that bite when we sleep:
- Mosquitoes that can cause dengue.
- Ticks that can cause Lyme Disease.
- Vampire bugs that typically feed on sleeping folks.
- Fleas can attack the smallest kids, causing rashes that turn itchy and inflamed.
- Fire ants are known to attack campers sleeping in the outdoors, causing blisters.
Is there a solution?
Sleepwear that PROTECTS! Outerwear that GUARDS!
Like you, most of us have tried different insect repellent sprays, creams, and fabric roll-ons. It is safe to assume that their overall effectivity is limited and when it comes to the kids and outdoor traveling, these methods are not good enough. A much better alternative has been recently brought into focus where normal clothes and outdoor clothing is specially treated to protect against the most deadly insects. With no reported side-effects, such clothes still score high on comfort & style. BugShield Clothing uses this technology to create apparel options that can easily last up to 70 laundry cycles, easily maintaining the highest insect-repelling performance!
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