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    Night's Sleep Cycle

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    Sleep is one of the many biological rhythms that humans experience. In particular, the sleep wake cycle is called the circadian rhythm. This rhythm runs on a roughly twenty-four-hour cycle. Sleep consists of roughly a third of it and is controlled by the hypothalamus within the brain. The typical sleep cycle consists of five different stages and can lead to health consequences if not fully rested. A typical night’s sleep cycle consists of two different types of sleep known as NREM (non-Rapid eye movement) and REM (rapid eye movement). These types of sleep make up the five different stages a person is in while sleeping. When a person first begins to drift to sleep, their awake (W) beta waves begin to decrease and alpha waves increase. When the person is finally in N1, the alpha waves have stopped and the larger theta waves become predominant. Once in N1, a person is in a light sleep that is fairly easy to come out of. Stage N2 will come next with the slowing of the heart rate and breathing. Short, increased activity can be found in this stage called sleep spindles. In the following stage in N3, the even larger waves known as delta waves come in to play. This stage is known as deep sleep as the waves are the longest indicating a low level of functioning. Once in N3 sleep for a while, the person will progress back to N2 sleep and then to REM sleep. In REM sleep, the voluntary muscles in the body become paralyzed and the body enters a period to where it is almost as if the…

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    “Daylight Savings”… are curse words for moms along with “Time Change” and “Fall Back”. Two times a year, we feel the need to mess with our sleep schedules that we spend the rest of the year working to perfect so that mommies can have alone time, or clean up time, or even wine time., no judgment! I’m originally from the Saskatchewan myself, one of the few places in the world next to Hawaii that does not observe daylight savings. Our reason was it affected the farmers, they needed all the…

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    After recording my hours of sleep, I realized that I am not getting enough; especially because the week of October 6, 2015 was considered a good week- I did not have as much homework as usual. This worries me because I am a growing teenager who needs sleep in order to be healthy. I tend to daydream a lot and I am also forgetting information in a short amount of time. Due to tracing my sleep, I have come to realize why this is occurring. I try to go to bed as early as possible, but with all of…

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    Although operating a business twenty four hours, a day seven days a week is great for production, it’s not always good for the workers’ health. Some of the health challenges that rotating shift workers will experience in their career are obesity, insomnia, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular disease. The effects of a rotating shift work can be challenging for workers who are not aware of the health issues, and how their circadian rhythm works. The circadian rhythm is what…

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    Some people think daylight savings time is not good. However other people think other wise. Daylight savings time or D.A.T can help increase the sunlight effect on Cardiovascular Illnesses, Prevent Vitamin D deficiency,and also Reduce Exposure to Aftificial Lighting. It's been around for years now. So why take it away. Daylight savings time can increase the sunlight effect on cardiovascular illnesses by lowering blood pressure. “ The journal of Investigative Dermatology tested 24…

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    BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! I look at my alarm, it’s 7:00AM. I fall out of bed, furiously brushing my teeth, throw some clothes on, and run out the door to catch the bus. This was my routine every morning. Waking up at 6:45 AM, eating breakfast, showering, and then rushing down to the same bus stop, hopefully, to make the 7:42 AM bus. I heavily relied on the bus my freshman and sophomore years of high school. My parents were always preoccupied, getting my younger brother and sister ready for school and…

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    “Every living thing on the surface of the planet has a system to synchronize [itself] with day and night” (Barone 8). Sleep is a natural part of life and most people, at some point in their life, experiences difficulty sleeping. Today, however, sleep disruption is becoming a more prominent issue due to the rising number of electronic devices. Because of the blue light illuminance these devices produce, the brain’s secretion of the sleep-inducing chemical melatonin is disrupted; therefore,…

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    People are so mean to each other. Whether it’s fighting over the internet or fighting in public. It’s all because of Daylights Savings Time because it makes people cranky. The United States should eliminate Daylight Savings Time (DST) because it disturbs sleeping patterns,affects farmer’s morning productivity,and affects a person’s health. First, DST disturbs sleeping patterns. Health.com says,“ Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight,…

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    Circadian Clock Essay

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    The Circadian clock which is the 24h day and night cycle is having an effect on the psychological activity of all organisms. These processes involve activities such as the wave pattern of the brain, melatonin, and other biological aspects. Melatonin is a hormone in the brain that helps our body to control the sleep and wake cycles. A small portion of it can be found in some certain food such as meat and fruits. Our internal “clock” in our bodies that controls the sleep and wake cycles can also…

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    Daylight Savings Essay

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    4 Tips to survive Daylight Savings with Children “Daylight Savings”… are curse words for moms along with “Time Change” and “Fall Back”. Two times a year, we feel the need to mess with our sleep schedules that we spend the rest of the year working to perfect so that mommies can have alone time, or clean up time, or even wine time., no judgment! I’m originally from the Saskatchewan myself, one of the few places in the world next to Hawaii that does not observe daylight savings. Our reason was…

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