Eye Opening Facts About Sleep That Even Scientists Cannot Snooze
By Noam Schulman - April 21, 2020

Let’s be honest, we spend most of our day either sleeping or dreaming about our next nap. But, we know very little about this basic human necessity – sleep. Scientists have only started looking into this topic over the last 25 years and have discovered things we never even dreamed about (pun intended). Here are some eye-opening facts about sleep that may come in handy the next time you have to justify why taking a mid-day nap is crucial.

Humans Can’t Sneeze While Sleeping

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We are more prone to sneezing while asleep due to the mucus membrane swelling up when we lie down. However, because we aren’t moving enough to stir up dust, there isn’t anything irritating our nose. Also, during the stage of our sleep cycle where dreaming occurs, certain parts of our brain shut off. So, the signal the brain usually sends to our nose to sneeze is, well, sleeping.