1. Read the following article (click on link) and answer question.
What All Undergraduates Should Know About How Their Sleeping Lives Affect Their Waking Lives:
After reading the article, answer the following question: What was the most surprising thing you learned from the article? Why?
2. Sleep Journal and Spoon Test Chart:
For 5 consecutive days (including two weekend days), record the following on a chart:
a. The day / date
b. Time you tried to fall asleep for the night
c. Best estimate of when you actually fell asleep
d. Time that you woke up in the morning
e. Amount of nightly sleep (time d minus time c)
f. Amount of sleep debt from that night (8 hours minus time e)
Do the spoon test (see below for instructions) 2 times a day for 2consecutive days (you choose which days). For each spoon test, record the following information on
Spoon test times to record:
a. The day / date
b. Time that you closed your eyes with the intention of falling asleep
c. Time that the falling spoon hit the plate
d. Sleep onset time (time c minus time b). If the spoon never dropped, just enter >20 minutes
e. Information on whether or not you felt you were asleep when the spoon hit the plate.
3. Evaluate your data with respect to the two sleep theories (recuperation and circadian) and the theory of sleep debt from the article.
4. List a specific change that would be reasonable and possible for you to make that would improve your sleeping behavior.
Report- Your report should consist of an Abstract, Introduction, Method section, Results, and Discussion. You are required to discuss your journal notes during lab
sessions and receive approval before your prepare your final report.
The Spoon Test
Decide on two times during the day when you can be somewhere where you can either sit back in a chair (recliner) or lie on a couch or bed in a darkened, quiet place
(no TV, no music, no friends, etc.) and try to go to asleep. The times need to be at least two hours apart and at least two hours after awakening in the morning and at
least two hours before your bedtime at night.
Before actually trying to go to sleep, make sure that a digital clock is easily visible from your resting place, and get a metal spoon and a large plate. Place the plate next to your resting place so that you can comfortably dangle your hand over the side of the bed, chair, couch, etc. When you get ready to try to go to sleep, look at the clock and focus on the time so that you will remember what time it was when you closed your eyes. Then lightly grasp the spoon and dangle it with your finger tips pointing down over the plate. Immediately close your eyes and try to go to sleep. If/when you actually enter Stage 1 sleep, you should experience a relaxation of muscle tone that will allow the spoon to slip out of your hand. With luck, you will hear the noise of the spoon hitting the plate. Immediately sit up and look at the clock and note the time. Record the time you closed your eyes and the times that you opened your eyes after hearing the spoon hit the plate. Also record whether or not you thought you were asleep at the time that the spoon dropped out of your hand. Just your own assessment…. Did you think you were asleep or not? If the spoon hasn’t dropped after 20minutes, quit trying to go to sleep.
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