28 Facts About Sleep That Will Fuck You Up

Sleep sex and sleep texting are actual things, so now I’m probably never going to sleep again.

Sleep is equal parts fascinating and weird AF, and even though we do it everyday, there’s still SO much to be learned about it.

Sleep is equal parts fascinating and weird AF, and even though we do it everyday, there's still SO much to be learned about it.

So to better understand more about the ins and outs of everything sleep-related, BuzzFeed Health spoke with Dr. Alcibiades Rodriguez, medical director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center-Sleep Center at NYU Langone, Dr. Amy Atkeson, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. Bhanuprakash Kolla, neurologist and psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine.

Alright, here’s all the fascinating things they had to say!

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Humans legit sleep for around 1/3 of their lives.

Humans legit sleep for around 1/3 of their lives.

It makes sense that most people sleep for a third of their lives if you go by the “eight hours of sleep per night” model that a majority of people try to follow, Rodriguez says.

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You actually can’t train yourself to need less sleep.

You actually can't train yourself to need less sleep.

“The belief that you can train yourself to get by on fewer hours of sleep is not true,” Atkeson says. “You need the sleep you were genetically predisposed to needing (usually seven to nine hours), and can’t train yourself to fully function on less.”

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The belief that you can ~catch up~ on sleep is false.

The belief that you can ~catch up~ on sleep is false.

According to Rodriguez, whatever you’ve lost, you’ve lost, and the only way to feel like you’re not tired all the time is to get back on your usual schedule. So instead of trying to get 12 to 15 hours of sleep in one night in hopes of making up for lost time, stick to seven to nine hours of sleep, and be consistent with it.

“Every seriously sleep-deprived person I’ve met is falling asleep in movies, feeling irritable, or drinking like six cups of coffee during the day,” Atkeson says. “There’s no substitute for sleep.”

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