In Matt McCarthy’s Nap Time, he discusses the “most mysterious” of all needs - sleep. McCarthy uses the story of Mike Napoli to introduce this topic. Napoli’s story of his struggle with severe sleep apnea includes some abnormal elements. Firstly, he cites his “first dream in a decade” that he can actually remember (p. 49). The reason Napoli is now able to remember his dreams is due to the fact that he is no longer waking up “fifty to one hundred times a night,” Due to a seven-hour procedure called maxillomandibular advancement, the Red Sox first baseman is now able to enjoy a restful slumber. The procedure, which is another peculiar element of Napoli’s story, involved simply a small power saw used to cut and reconstruct
In this article, “Sweet, Elusive Sleep”, the first paragraph stated by telling a story about a man called Mike Trevino, who is 29 years of age who didn’t sleep all because of a quest to win a 3,000-mile, cross-country bike race. When he later tried to take a nap, he can’t remember his dreams. This case raised important questions such as; “If we don't sleep (or sleep enough), what happens to our dreams? And if we don't dream, what happens to us?” Towards the end, Springen, K. told us what to do if we are having trouble sleeping. He stated that, “stay away from caffeine and alcohol before bedtime, develop sleep rituals and avoid bright lights in the bedroom” (Springen 2004). Drinking caffeine at night keeps you awake so for you to get enough
Sleep debt is a major problem, not just amongst college students but all Americans. We as working individuals lead such busy lives that just don’t include time for resting. Although we may perceive sleep as a ‘necessary evil,’ it’s actually one of the most beneficial things we can provide for our bodies. More often than not, however, we fail to attain the essential hours needed to properly function. People receive an average of six hours of sleep per night- about four hours less than recommended total according to James Maas. It’s almost become a sort of de rigueur amongst adults, many of whom work multiple jobs. “‘At any given time, the American sleep debt totals nearly half a billion hours or close to two hours every night for the average American,’” (Maas 6). Sleep debt, or the paucity of sleep accumulated over time, can be linked to an increase of car crashes, the vast majority of which are caused by drivers under the age of 25.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that adolescents need 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night (“School Start Times for Adolescents”). Unfortunately, approximately 87% of students get less than the recommended quota each night (“Let Them Sleep…”). Such a large percentage shows that there is an issue prohibiting students from sleeping for the required time period. This issue is an early school start time. Due to these early starts, students are becoming sleep deprived and are not performing their best physically, mentally, and academically, thus school authorities should implement a later start time. Although parents and students have reservations about a late beginning, students will undoubtedly benefit from increased hours of sleep and will become more productive, creative, and healthy people.
Transition- After going through the first four stages of NREM sleep for about an hour and a half, you will transition into the REM sleep.
Sleep consumes at least one third of our time every day. During sleep, our bodies will react by growing or recovering from the day. When we sleep good, we wake up feeling refreshed and alert throughout the day (National Sleep Foundation). The way we sleep can depend on what activities we have done before we went to sleep. One of the many theories of sleep stated that we sleep to rest. We sleep to recover from being in an active anabolic state (World of Lucid Dreaming). For this lab, I have kept a sleep journal to track quality and quantity of dreams and sleep for two weeks.
There are five stages in the sleep cycle, non-REM sleep covers 80% of one's sleep cycle, 20% is covered by REM. Rapid eye movement sleep is a state that normally occurs within 90 minutes of one falling asleep. This sleep state is characterized by random eye movement, low muscle tone, vivid dreaming, irregular heartbeat and breathing, as well as high brain activity. The brain activity during (REM) is comparable to the brain waves one would have while awake and functioning. Within an eight hour period the sleep stages cycle four to six times.
Sleepless in American is a National Geographic documentary on the lack of sleep Americans are receiving each night. The film starts with the statistic that “40% of American adults are sleep deprived” and followed with different effects of sleep deprivation such as: weight gain, delayed reaction time, depression, anxiety, speeds the growth of cancer, and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Although, there is no scientific evidence to support the need for sleep, it is an important process that allows our bodies to function properly.
Sleep is not uniform, but a typical night 's sleep cycle is comprised of four stages. We can identify these stages based off electroencephalogram, which monitors brain waves and patterns. Stage one is a state of sleep where your eyes are closed and it is light, but if aroused they person may say they were not in fact sleeping. Stage two consists of a light slumber and the muscles begin to relax as well a decrease in heart rate. Additionally, the second stage can see a result of lowered body temperature and the beginning of the process to prepare for deep sleep. The following stage is three which entails deep sleep. Deep sleep is a heavier version of sleep and are named delta or slow wave sleep formations. The third stage is a continuation into stage
Since the time of the very early Greek philosophers sleep has been the subject of speculation and thought, but only lately have researchers found ways to study sleep in a systematic and objective way. The arrival of new technology such as the electroencephalograph (EEG) has granted scientists to observe at and measure electrical patterns and activity produced by the sleeping brain. Sleeping is essential for health and well-being. Sleep is a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended. Although sleeping is important millions of people do not get enough sleep,
Research and exploration into the effects that daily adequate and inadequate sleep have on the mind and body, has been an interesting topic. One that is very fascinating to many psychologists and scientists. Many experiments have been done to see the affects sleep has on all aspects of our lives.
Stage one is the beginning of the sleep cycle. It is a light stage of sleep. Stage one can be a transition period between wakefulness and sleep. The brain produces high amplitude theta waves. This period of sleep lasts around five to ten minutes.
In “Insomnia” and “When They Sleep”, the authors both use imagery to emphasize the elusiveness of sleep in their lives. “Insomnia”, by Marge Piercy, describes the namesake feeling as if there is “someone inside me [who] will not / get off his tricycle, / will not stop tracing the same tight circle / on the same green threadbare carpet.” The imagery of someone riding a tricycle invokes the idea that inside their mind, lies a restless child, who refuses to calm down. This well known image perfectly describes the experience of someone dealing with insomnia, as it is impossible to relax enough to get any rest, until they become extremely exhausted. Children act the exact same way, bouncing off the walls, then suddenly calming down, as if coming off a sugar