In my apartment, there is one fly that I have nicknamed Shooman Chew who has been pestering me for a few weeks. I’ve never seen a fly that deliberately nosedives into people on some weird ritualistic/militaristic quasi-suicide mission. The problem with Shooman Chew’s attempted suicide missions is that he is so fat that no matter how hard he attacks us, he bounces off to attack once more.
But, Shooman Chew never attacks at night. At first, I thought that he might be on some rotating schedule with the neighbors. Or maybe, he had a missus at home at his buzz shelter and I was just his 9-5. Then, I wondered out of curiosity (and murderous intent) when do flies sleep and where do they sleep?
After some research: I found out that there sleep patterns are incredibly similar to those of humans:
- Like humans, they sleep during the night and are awake during the day. The longer they are deprived of sleep, the harder they are to stay awake.
- They sleep 10 hours a night.
- They fell asleep more easily after provided with an anti-histamine and had trouble sleeping after given caffeine
- infant flies need more sleep than their adult counterparts.
- Both humans and flies have portions of their sleep dedicated to slow-wave sleep.