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Sleep Trivia

Wednesday, August 10, 2005
I've been learning all kinds of cool facts about sleep while I've been researching my sleep book. (We won't mention the fact that I've been learning a lot of these cool facts while strung out on coffee at 1:30 am.) I thought I'd post a few bits of "sleep trivia" to amuse you while our regular programming has been interrupted:

- New moms miss out on about 1.5 hours of sleep a night during baby's first year. That adds up to 550 hours of lost sleep or the equivalent of two months of sleepless nights.
- People who can drink caffeine after dinner and still fall asleep at bedtime aren't caffeine superheroes. They're actually just massively sleep-deprived -- so sleep deprived that they can fall asleep anywhere, anytime.
- The legendary two-toed sloth dedicates 80% of its time to sleeping: a rather awe-inspiring 20 hours a day.
- A bestselling 1940s baby book author advised a tough-love approach with newborns who insisted on being fed at night: "The night is meant for sleeping, not for eating. This applies to infants as it does to adults. Given an abundant supply of milk and a vigorous baby, it is difficult to see why such a child cannot do well without any feeding between 10 pm and 6 am....The newborn infant may require a little training in order to go through the night, after 10 pm, without any feedings, but this is a matter of only a few days."

| posted by Ann D @ 11:23 AM