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Test your general knowledge about sleep

Sleep is defined as “a periodic state of muscular relaxation, reduced metabolic rate, and suspended consciousness in which a person is largely unresponsive to events in the environment”. It comes easily to some, and much harder (sometimes impossible) to others, but we all need it in order to function day-to-day.

Not only is it required to stay healthy, it also allows a space for our brains to think out problems whilst we doze. As John Steinbeck once said, “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it”.

We’ve created a quiz to test your knowledge on a few different aspects of sleep – how much do you know?

Quiz image credit: Photograph by nomao saeki. CC0 1.0 Public Domain via Unsplash.

Featured image credit: ‘Soft Comforts’ by Alexander Possingham. CC0 1.0 Public Domain via Unsplash.

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