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Take the quiz: How well do you know your sleep?

If you’ve already read last week’s Octasmart’s 8 ways to get a better night’s sleep article (and we hope you have!), then you’ll know that we’re supporting Sleeptember throughout September. It’s The Sleep Charity’s annual awareness campaign, designed to remind us of how important sleep is and what a great night’s sleep can do for us.

We all want it, love it, and do it, but how much do you really know about sleep? To celebrate Sleeptember, we’re putting your knowledge to the test…

Take the quiz to find out how much of a sleep expert you really are then challenge your family and friends to beat your score...

1. REM is a stage of sleep but what does it stand for?

A. Reactive eye moving

B. Really energetic movement

C. Rapid eye movement

2. According to NASA, how long is the perfect nap?

A. 17 minutes

B. 26 minutes

C. 43 minutes

3. What is Somniphobia? 

A. A fear of alarm clocks

B. A fear of falling asleep and staying asleep

C. A fear of sleep walking

4. Melatonin is an important hormone for sleep, but what does it do?

A. Controls our sleep-wake cycle

B. Improves our reflexes

C. Encourages hair growth

5. How long before going to bed should you stop having caffeine?

A. 30 minutes

B. 6 hours

C. None

6. Many Octasmart products are designed using memory foam. What makes this type of foam so special?

A. It’s bouncy

B. It provides pressure relief

C. It’s cheap 

7. Parents of new-born babies lose how many months’ worth of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life?

A. 6 months

B. 10 months

C. 24 months

8. Within 5 minutes of waking up, what percentage of your dream have you already forgotten?

A. 100%

B. 10%

C. 50%

The answers:

Question 1. C - Rapid eye movement. REM is an important part of the sleep cycle and is characterised by a change in body temperature, dreams, and rapid eye movements. It’s a period of sleep involving brain energy while the body is completely inactive. According to Very Well Mind, REM sleep plays an important role in brain development, mood, and memory.

Question 2. B - 26 minutes. NASA research found that pilots who slept in the cockpit for 26 minutes showed an improvement of up to 54% on alertness and 34% on job performance, compared to pilots who didn't nap. Lunch break nap, anyone?

Question 3. B - A fear of falling asleep or staying asleep. Somniphobia can be defined as feeling fear, dread or panic around what could happen when you're asleep that you won’t be awake to experience or deal with.

Question 4. A - Controls our sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is a natural hormone that occurs in your body which controls your sleep patterns by producing a response to darkness.

Question 5. B - 6 hours. According to research, we should be avoiding caffeine at least six hours before we go to bed because it acts as a stimulant and can keep us awake at night.

Question 6. B - It provides pressure relief. Memory foam has lots of brilliant properties which make it perfect for sleeping on. We love it here at Octasmart® because it provides pressure relief to relieve aches and pains, and helps your body's natural alignment. It's incredibly comfortable and adds a touch of luxury to your sleep, too!

Question 7. A - 6 months. According to a study by Silentnight, parents lose an average of six months’ sleep during the first two years of their baby's life, with approximately 10% of parents managing to get just two-and-a-half hours of continuous sleep a night.

Question 8. C - 50%. If you wake up remembering incoherent bits and pieces of your dream, you're not alone! Within five minutes of waking up, many of us will only remember 50% of the dream, with it diminishing to just 10% ten minutes later.

So, how did you do?

You scored 1-3: You snooze, you lose!

You scored 4-5: Nice try. We recommend a little more REM!

You scored 6-8: You're a true sleep expert! Congratulations!

Share your results with us over on Facebook or Instagram; we’d love to hear from you!

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