How Many Spiders Do We Swallow in Our Sleep?

It is a common belief that people swallow about eight spiders a year. There is, however, no evidence for this myth. It is highly unlikely a spider would approach a sleeping person, and more unlikely that the eight-legged arthropod would enter an open mouth. The vibrations caused by breathing, moving and snoring during sleep repel spiders. Hence, it is highly unlikely the average person swallows even a single spider while sleeping. The chances are even lower for those who sleep with their mouths closed.

More about sleep:

  • 30% of people 30 and older snore.

  • The parents of a newborn lose out on about 1055 hours of sleep within the first year.

  • The ideal room temperature for good quality sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

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