7 Things We Learned at Casper’s Sleep Symposium

By Alyse Borkan  |  Apr 27, 2016
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If you were in bed instead of at our Sleep Symposium, you can catch up on everything you missed: 

1. Don’t go to sleep spooning your iPhone. One of Arianna Huffington’s keys to great sleep is the separate space she gives her personal electronic devices to recharge each evening. Before bed, she advises us to escort all screens out of the bedroom.

2. For the vast majority of us, an overwhelming 99%, a full night’s sleep is 7 – 9 hours. Call the bluff on your friend who tells you they can function just fine after an all-nighter. 1% of the population is considered “short sleepers.” Those with a genetic mutation can get by with 5 hours of sleep. But the truth is, you either have the genetic mutation or you don’t. There’s no spring training, secret hack, or amount of coffee you can drink to change the amount of sleep you need. Just go to bed. (Arianna Huffington would agree.)

3. Reggie Watts loves dreaming. So much so, that it feels like his dreams go on for days. “I like them because I am a big believer we could be living in a simulation. It’s a simulation, within a simulation, within a simulation. Sometimes I will have these dreams that feel like they go for three days.” He even experiences recurring dreams. “I’ll have a dream where I am in post-apocalyptic world, but it’s way past the danger and just a fun exploration. We come back to this weird old school building where all these amazing magical things are happening. Like Hogwarts, but better.”

4. Neil Harbisson, the world’s first cyborg, was born only able to see grey scale. In 2004 an antenna was attached to his head, allowing him to hear color. Yes, that’s right, Harbisson hears color. He states that sleeping was a crucial point in becoming technology. “I would wake up realizing I had heard colors in my dream. Dreaming in color is when I feel the software and my brain most united.” His antenna even has internet connection. Just like we could receive a text while we are sleeping, friends send images of color directly to his head — not his iPhone. “I can check if someone sent me something, and see how much dreams were altered accordingly.”

5. Michael Rapaport might just be the king of binge-watching. In his opinion, TV has become a stimulant just as powerful as coffee. “You don’t need coffee in the morning if you have reality television. They should have Bravo stores where you can go and get your daily dose of Real Housewives.” When it comes to kids however, he issues a warning. “If you are binge-watching TV and have a geometry test the next day, you better be binge-watching something about geometry.”

6. There’s a myth in America that if you’re in a relationship and don’t sleep together every night — no matter what — it is a sign that your relationship is falling apart. Arianna Huffington wouldn’t agree. “That is, excuse me, bullsh*t.” She says, “The way to harm your relationship is to be resentful of your partner because they kept you up all night snoring or had to leave the bed at 4am for an early flight.” If you have an extra bedroom, take advantage of it. The bedroom is a judgement-free zone.

7. It’s no surprise that a lot of people are tired. But did you know that if you type “Why am I” in Google, the most common autocomplete is “why am I so tired?” AND the second most common autocomplete is “Why am I always tired?” Stop yawning and start sleeping.

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