Sleep Deprivation Analysis

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In this paper, I will be exploring the multi-faceted influences on sleep quality using a socio-ecological model to present these factors, in the context of Singapore. I am personally very interested in this issue of sleep because I have observed that sleep is very undervalued in terms of measuring how healthy our lifestyles are. I will also be exploring how these factors apply to my own sleep quality.

For the purposes of this study, I will be defining the optimal sleep behaviour as more than merely the number of hours we sleep, but rather the quality of sleep, which includes other factors of sleep such as sleep disturbances, or occurrences of chronic sleep disorders e.g. insomnia, etc.

Background of Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation is
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This approach also helps expands responsibility for health not just on the individual, but on the community and environment as well.

If we would like to alter the individual’s behaviour to make healthy sleep choices as a society, it can occur only in a supportive environment. According to Professor Deitrich Dorner, to do so, we need to consider the “deficiency… within the context of its system”, otherwise we may only be “treat[ing] only the symptoms and not the source of the trouble”. Using the socio-ecological model not only “acknowledg[es] the existence of many variables”, it also brings to light how these variables “can affect one another and
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Such factors include the social norm (culture) with regards to sleep, etc.

Societal Norms

In Singapore, 2-year olds sleep about 11.3 hours a day (including naps) – almost two hours less than same aged Swiss children. A large number of children over the age of 2 are still taking naps in the daytime – more than 76%, compared with just 5% among Swiss children, which is a “reflection of inadequate night-time sleep”. However, the majority of parents here think their children are sleeping enough, which reflects how such a societal norm can lead to insufficient sleep.

Comparing cross culturally, attitudes toward sleep also differed across South East Asian culture than Caucasian families. Emphasis is placed on homework over sleep, and parents believe that children need lesser sleep when compared to Caucasian parents. This could explain the statically lesser sleep that Singaporeans get due to cultural norms (Biggs, 2010).

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