Thursday, November 10, 2005

its done. not quite. just the rough draft. its 11:30 & im POOPED!

Why is it that most teens don’t get the suggested amount of sleep for their age?
By : Devin Malecki


Sleep. It is something we all wish we got more of. It is also a phenomenon that scientists are still researching today. Most of all sleep is vital to the human body. It provides a time period in which your body can rejuvenate itself. Without sleep it would be nearly impossible to go about your daily activities with the energy you normally have. Sleep studies have found that an appropriate amount of sleep for a teen is 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours each night. Since sleep is so important, then how come most teens don’t find themselves getting enough? Well, I have narrowed down the reasons to the following: hormones/puberty, sleep disorders, and stress.

Sleep loss. Is there a coincidence that we primarily experience it as teens? I think not! According to Elana Ben-Joseph's studies, “this phenomenon is called delayed sleep phase syndrome. Apparently it occurs because the circadian rhythm is reset due to melatonin production later at night" (Ben-Joseph,"Common Sleep Problems"). In English this means we go to bed later because a hormone produced during the teen years tells us to. So it is not our fault. In conclusion, do not ever let your parents tell you that you are at fault for not being tired. Instead tell them that you’re experiencing delayed sleep phase syndrome.

Another reason for sleep loss is because of sleep disorders. These are some sleep disorders: narcolepsy, sleep apnea, insomnia, periodic limb movement. Narcolepsy is a condition in which people float in and out of consciousness for brief amounts of time during the day. There is no known cause or cure for this disorder. Sleep apnea causes people to stop breathing temporarily in their sleep. Some causes of sleep apnea are enlarged tonsils or adenoids and obesity. You should seek a doctor for medical help. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that keeps a person up during the night. Everyone can get a little insomnia now and then. This is nothing serious, but if you experience insomnia for a month or more at a time you should contact a doctor or therapist; insomnia is often caused by depression. They will most likely provide you with the right medicine. Of course there are sleeping pills that one can take.

Some more sleep disorders are periodic limb movement disorder, restless leg syndrome, reflux, nightmares, and sleepwalking. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder and Restless Leg Syndrome both involve movement of limbs that interrupts sleep. The cause for RLS is lack of iron in the body. The cause for PLMD is unknown. The only way these can be cured is by moving the legs or arms. Reflux is heartburn. The heartburn is not felt, but sleep is still being affected. Reflux is caused by stomach acid moving into the esophagus. Nonprescription drugs such as Pepto-Bismol are quick solutions for reflux. Nightmares are bad dreams. They are caused by stress/anxiety, certain medications, drugs, and alcohol. The best solution to cure nightmares is to see your doctor or therapist about treatment. Sleepwalking is self explanatory. It is not common in teenagers, but when it occurs it is usually not dangerous. Sleepwalking happens when someone is sick, not getting an appropriate amount of sleep, or feeling stressed.

Stress is a major contributor to sleep loss. Little sleep is achieved when someone is feeling any kind of uncomfortable pressure from peers, parents, and/or school. Peer pressure can keep a person up even though an acquaintance may be miles away. People that ponder over this at all hours of the night are losing sleep. Stress relating to parents. Teens have many reasons for this that I’m not even going to begin listing. School. I find this the most stressful thing ever. Some teens stress about this so much they get anxiety attacks. Ironically scientists say that the kind of stress that is directly related to keeping us awake is stressing about not sleeping. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT IT! The best solution is to try and relax yourself by thinking about something peaceful.

So the main reasons for sleep loss among teens are stress, sleep disorders, and because their bodies tell them to. Some ways to gain sleep are to exercise regularly, avoid stimulants, relax your mind, don’t nap too much, avoid all-nighters, create the right sleeping environment, and wake up with bright light. The best way to get back your sleep is getting on a sleep schedule. That means going to bed the same time each night, even on the weekends, and waking up the same time in the morning.

narcolepsy

narcolepsy stuff:

"Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. At various times throughout the day, people with narcolepsy experience fleeting urges to sleep. If the urge becomes overwhelming, individuals will fall asleep for periods lasting from a few seconds to several minutes. In rare cases, some people may remain asleep for an hour or longer. In addition to excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), three other major symptoms frequently characterize narcolepsy: cataplexy, or the sudden loss of voluntary muscle tone; vivid hallucinations during sleep onset or upon awakening; and brief episodes of total paralysis at the beginning or end of sleep. Narcolepsy is not definitively diagnosed in most patients until 10 to 15 years after the first symptoms appear. The cause of narcolepsy remains unknown. It is likely that narcolepsy involves multiple factors interacting to cause neurological dysfunction and sleep disturbances.


There is no cure for narcolepsy. In 1999, after successful clinical trial results, the FDA approved a drug called modafinil for the treatment of EDS. Two classes of antidepressant drugs have proved effective in controlling cataplexy in many patients: tricyclics (including imipramine, desipramine, clomipramine, and protriptyline) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (including fluoxetine and sertraline). Drug therapy should be supplemented by behavioral strategies. For example, many people with narcolepsy take short, regularly scheduled naps at times when they tend to feel sleepiest. Improving the quality of nighttime sleep can combat EDS and help relieve persistent feelings of fatigue. Among the most important common-sense measures people with narcolepsy can take to enhance sleep quality are actions such as maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages before bedtime."


none, none. "NINDS Narcolepsy Information Page." National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 8 march 2005. National Institute of Health. 10 Nov. 2005 .


cant talk too much to do.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

II. Hormones/puberty and sleep loss

Sleep loss. Is there a coincidence that we primarily experience it as teens. I think not! according to Elana Ben-Joseph's studies, " this phenomenon is called delayed sleep phase syndrome. Apparently it occurs because the circadian rhythm is reset due to melatonin production later at night" (Ben-Joseph,"Common Sleep Problems"). In English this means we go to bed later because a hormone produced during the teen years tells us to. Some solutions to this are to exercise regularly, avoid stimulants, relax your mind, dont nap too much, avoid all-nighters, create the right sleeping environment, and wake up with bright light. The best way to get back your sleep is getting on a sleep schedule. That means going to bed the same time each night, even on the weekends, and waking up the same time in the morning.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

primary resource?

im sitting here listening to some old kid rock song and i just realized i have to have a primary resource. i have no clue what its gonna be but im runnin out of time

intro

Sleep. It is something we all wish we got more of. It is also a phenomenon that scientists are still researching today. Most of all sleep is vital to the human body. It provides a time period in which your body can rejuvenate itself. Without sleep it would be nearly impossible to go about your daily activities with the energy you normally have. Sleep studies have found that an appropriate amount of sleep for a teen is 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours each night. Since sleep is so important, then how come most teens dont find themselves getting enough? Well, I have narrowed down the reasons to the following: hormones/puberty, sleep disorders, and stress.

actual OUTLINE

I. intro
A. Why is sleep important?
1. esp. for teens
B. suggested amount of sleep
C. introduce question
D. 3 main points

II. hormones/puberty and sleep loss
A. Scientific stuff
1. chemical released into teens' bodies
B. solution
1. sleep schedule

III. Sleep Disorders pt.1
A. narcolepsy
B. sleep apnea
C. insomnia
D. causes of disorders
E. their affects
F. solution
1. meds

IV. Sleep Disorders pt.2
A. periodic limb movement and restless leg syndrome
B. reflux
C. nightmares
D. sleepwalking
E. causes of disorders
F. their affects
G. solution
1. meds

V. Stress
A. types/reasons of stress
B. solution
1. do not worry about it

VI. persuasion part
A. reemphasize(big word) point. WHY?
1. teens are losing sleep cause bodies tell them
2. sleep loss= sleep disorders
B. overall solutions to sleep loss

Thursday, November 03, 2005

4th citation. YES!

why do i have such long posts?

"Most teens need about 8 1/2 to more than 9 hours of sleep each night. The right amount of sleep is essential for anyone who wants to do well on a test or play sports without tripping over their feet. Unfortunately, though, many teens don't get enough sleep.

Why Aren't Teens Getting Enough Sleep?
Until recently, teens were often given a bad rap for staying up late, oversleeping for school, and falling asleep in class. But recent studies show that adolescent sleep patterns actually differ from those of adults or kids.

These studies show that during the teen years, the body's circadian (pronounced: sur-kay-dee-un) rhythm (sort of like an internal biological clock) is reset, telling a person to fall asleep later and wake up later. Unlike kids and adults, whose bodies tell them to go to sleep and wake up earlier, most teens' bodies tell them go to sleep late at night and sleep into the late morning. This change in the circadian rhythm seems to be due to the fact that melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleeping and waking patterns, is produced later at night for teens than it is for kids and adults. This can make it harder for teens to fall asleep early.

These changes in the body's circadian rhythm coincide with a time when we're busier than ever. For most teens, the pressure to do well in school is more intense than when they were kids, and it's harder to get by without studying hard. But teens also have other demands on their time - everything from sports and other extracurricular activities to fitting in a part-time job to save money for college.

Early start times in some schools also play a role in this sleep deficit. Teens who fall asleep after midnight may still have to get up early for school, meaning that they may only squeeze in 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night. An hour or 2 of missed sleep a night may not seem like a big deal, but it can create a noticeable sleep deficit over time.

Why Is Sleep Important?
This sleep deficit impacts everything from a teen's ability to pay attention in class to his or her mood. Research shows that 20% of high school students fall asleep in class, and experts have been able to tie lost sleep to poorer grades. Lack of sleep also damages people's ability to do their best in athletics.

Slowed responses and concentration from lack of sleep don't just affect school or sports performance, though. The fact that sleep deprivation slows reaction times can be life threatening for teens who drive. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration estimates that 1,500 people are killed every year in crashes caused by drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 who are simply tired. (More than half of the people who cause crashes because they fall asleep at the wheel are under the age of 26.)

Lack of sleep has also been linked to emotional troubles, such as feelings of sadness and depression. Sleep helps keep us physically healthy, too, by slowing our body's systems enough to re-energize us after everyday activities.

How Do I Know if I'm Getting Enough?
Even if you think you're getting enough sleep, you may not be. Here are some of the signs that you may need more sleep:

difficulty waking up in the morning
inability to concentrate
falling asleep during classes
feelings of moodiness and even depression
How Can I Get More Sleep?
Recently, some researchers, parents, and teachers have suggested that middle and high school classes begin later in the morning to accommodate teens' need for more sleep. Some schools have already implemented later start times. You and your friends, parents, and teachers can lobby for later start times at your school, but in the meantime you'll have to make your own adjustments.

Here are some things that may help you to sleep better:

Set a regular bedtime. Going to bed at the same time each night signals to your body that it's time to sleep. Waking up at the same time every day can also help establish sleep patterns. So try to stick to your sleep schedule even on weekends. Don't go to sleep more than an hour later or wake up more than 2 to 3 hours later than you do during the week.
Exercise regularly. Try not to exercise right before bed, though, as it can raise your body temperature and wake you up. Sleep experts believe that exercising 5 or 6 hours before bedtime (in late afternoon) may actually help a person sleep.
Avoid stimulants. Don't drink beverages with caffeine, such as soda and coffee, after 4 PM. Nicotine is also a stimulant, so quitting smoking may help you sleep better. And drinking alcohol in the evening can also cause a person to be restless and wake up during the night.
Relax your mind. Avoid violent, scary, or action movies or television shows right before bed - anything that might set your mind and heart racing. Reading books with involved or active plots may also keep you from falling or staying asleep.
Unwind by keeping the lights low. Light signals the brain that it's time to wake up. Staying away from bright lights (including computer screens!), as well as meditating or listening to soothing music, can help your body relax.
Don't nap too much. Naps of more than 30 minutes during the day may keep you from falling asleep later.
Avoid all-nighters. Don't wait until the night before a big test to study. Cutting back on sleep the night before a test may mean you perform worse than you would if you'd studied less but got more sleep.
Create the right sleeping environment. Studies show that people sleep best in a dark room that is slightly on the cool side. Close your blinds or curtains (and make sure they're heavy enough to block out light) and turn down the thermostat in your room (pile on extra blankets or wear PJs if you're cold). Lots of noise can be a sleep turnoff, too.
Wake up with bright light. Bright light in the morning signals to your body that it's time to get going."


Ben-Joseph, Elana. "How Much Sleep Do I Need?." Kids Health. August 2004. Nemours Foundation. 03 Nov. 2005 .


It may seem like my citation posts r being repetitive. im sure they r. but it is important to convey all these details to the reader and myself(im a little slow). this one is about the scientific/ statistics side of the topic. it also lists ways to get on a regular sleep schedule. i need to.

citation # ?

i think this is citation number 3? i hope at least.if not then im screwed.

"Garrett had a hard time waking up for school during his sophomore year. At first he thought it was because he'd been going to bed late over summer vacation and then sleeping in the next day. He assumed he'd adjust to his school schedule after a couple of weeks. But as the school year progressed, Garrett found himself lying awake in bed until 2 or 3 in the morning, even though he got up at 6:30 AM every day. He began falling asleep in class and his grades started to suffer.

Most teens don't get enough sleep, but that's usually because they're overloaded and tend to skimp on sleep. But sleep problems can keep some teens, like Garrett, awake at night even when they want to sleep.

Over time, those nights of missed sleep (whether they're caused by a sleep disorder or simply not scheduling enough time for the necessary ZZZs) can build into a sleep deficit. People with a sleep deficit are unable to concentrate, study, and work effectively. They can also experience emotional problems, like depression.

What Happens During Sleep?
You don't notice it, of course, but while you're asleep, your brain is still active. As people sleep, their brains pass through five stages of sleep. Together, these stages - which doctors call 1, 2, 3, 4, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep - make up a sleep cycle. One complete sleep cycle lasts about 90 to 100 minutes. So during an average night's sleep, a person will experience about four or five cycles of sleep.

Stages 1 and 2 are periods of light sleep from which a person can easily be awakened. During these stages, eye movements slow down and eventually stop, heart and breathing rates slow down, and body temperature decreases. Stages 3 and 4 are deep sleep stages. It's more difficult to awaken someone during these stages, and when awakened, a person will often feel groggy and disoriented for a few minutes. Stages 3 and 4 are the most refreshing of the sleep stages - it is this type of sleep that we crave when we are very tired.

The final stage of the sleep cycle is known as REM sleep because of the rapid eye movements that occur during this stage. During REM sleep, other physical changes take place - breathing becomes rapid, the heart beats faster, and the limb muscles don't move. This is the stage of sleep when a person has the most vivid dreams.

Why Do Teens Have Trouble Sleeping?
Research shows that teens need 8 1/2 to more than 9 hours of sleep a night. You don't need to be a math whiz to figure out that if you wake up for school at 6:00 AM, it means you have to go to bed at 9:00 PM to reach the 9-hour mark. Studies have found that many teens, like Garrett, have trouble falling asleep that early, though. It's not because they don't want to sleep. It's because their brains naturally work on later schedules and aren't ready for bed.

During adolescence, the body's circadian (pronounced: sur-kay-dee-un) rhythm (sort of like an internal biological clock) is reset, telling a teen to fall asleep later at night and wake up later in the morning. This change in the circadian rhythm seems to be due to the fact that melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleeping and waking patterns, is produced later at night in teens than it is for kids and adults, making it harder for teens to fall asleep. This phenomenon has a medical name: delayed sleep phase syndrome. Although it's common, delayed sleep phase syndrome doesn't affect every teen.

Changes in the body clock aren't the only reason teens lose sleep, though. Lots of people have insomnia - trouble falling or staying asleep. The most common cause of insomnia is stress. But all sorts of things can lead to insomnia, including physical discomfort (the stuffy nose of a cold or the pain of a headache, for example), emotional troubles (like family problems or relationship difficulties), and even sleeping environment (a room that's too hot, cold, or noisy).

It's common for everyone to have insomnia from time to time. But if insomnia lasts for a month or longer with no relief, then doctors consider it chronic. Chronic insomnia can be caused by problems like depression. People with chronic insomnia can often get help for their condition from a doctor, therapist, or other counselor.

For some people, insomnia can be made worse by worrying about the insomnia itself. A brief period of insomnia can build into something longer lasting when a person becomes anxious about not sleeping or worried about feeling tired the next day. Doctors call this psychophysiologic (pronounced: sye-ko-fih-zee-uh-lah-jik) insomnia.

There are a number of other conditions that can disrupt sleep in teens. They include:

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder and Restless Legs Syndrome
People with these conditions find their sleep is disrupted by leg (or, less frequently, arm) movements, leaving them tired or irritable from lack of sleep. In the case of periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), these movements are involuntary twitches or jerks: They're called involuntary because the person isn't consciously controlling them and is often unaware of the movement. People with restless legs syndrome (RLS) actually feel physical sensations in their limbs, such as tingling, itching, cramping, or burning. The only way they can relieve these feelings is by moving their legs or arms to get rid of the discomfort.

Doctors can treat PLMD and RLS. For some people, treating an iron deficiency makes RLS go away; other people may need to take other types of medication.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This sleep disorder causes a person to stop breathing temporarily during sleep. One common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils or adenoids (tissues located in the passage that connects the nose and throat). Being overweight or obese can also lead a person to develop obstructive sleep apnea.

People with obstructive sleep apnea may snore, have difficulty breathing, and even sweat heavily during sleep. Because sleep apnea disrupts a person's sleep, people with the disorder may feel extremely sleepy or irritable during the day. People who show signs of obstructive sleep apnea, such as loud snoring or excessive daytime sleepiness, should be evaluated by a doctor.

Reflux
Some people have a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that causes stomach acid to move backward up into the esophagus. This produces the uncomfortable, burning sensation we call heartburn. The symptoms of GERD can be worse when a person is lying down. So even if the person doesn't notice the feelings of heartburn because he or she is sleeping, the discomfort it causes can still interfere with the sleep cycle.


Nightmares
Most teens have nightmares on occasion, but frequent nightmares can disrupt a person's sleep patterns by waking him or her during the night. Some things can trigger more frequent nightmares, including certain medications, drugs, or alcohol. And, ironically, sleep deprivation can also be a cause. The most common triggers for more frequent nightmares, though, are emotional, such as stress or anxiety. If nightmares are interfering with your sleep, it's a good idea to talk to a doctor, therapist, or other counselor.

Sleepwalking
It's rare for teens to walk in their sleep; most sleepwalkers are children. Sleepwalking may run in families. It most often occurs when a person is sick, has a fever, is not getting enough sleep, or is feeling stress.

Because most sleepwalkers don't sleepwalk often, it's not usually a serious problem. Sleepwalkers tend to go back to bed on their own and don't usually remember sleepwalking. (Sleepwalking often happens during the deeper sleep that takes place during stages 3 and 4 of the sleep cycle.) Sometimes, though, a sleepwalker will need help moving around obstacles and getting back to bed. It's also true that waking sleepwalkers can startle them (but it isn't harmful), so try to guide a sleepwalker back to bed gently.

What Should I Do?
If you're getting enough rest at night and you're still feeling tired during the day, it's a good idea to visit your doctor. Excessive tiredness can be caused by all sorts of health problems, not just difficulties with sleep.

If your doctor suspects a sleep problem, he or she will look at your overall health and sleep habits. In addition to doing a physical examination, the doctor will ask you about any concerns and symptoms you have, your past health, your family's health, any medications you're taking, any allergies you may have, and other issues. This is called the medical history. Your doctor may also do tests to find out whether any conditions - such as obstructive sleep apnea - might be interfering with your sleep.

Different sleep problems are treated differently. Some can be treated with medications, whereas others can be helped by special techniques such as light therapy (where a person sits in front of a light box for a certain amount of time each day) or other practices that can help reset a person's body clock.

Doctors also encourage teens to make lifestyle changes that promote good sleeping habits. You probably know that caffeine can make you stay awake, but did you know that playing video games or watching TV before sleeping can do the same thing? Check out the More Articles Like This tab for additional suggestions on improving the quality of your sleep."


Ben-Joseph, Elana. "Common Sleep Problems." Kids Health. August 2004. Nemours Foundation. 03 Nov. 2005 .


This info was definetly the biggest help of all so far in my research. it explained every angle.for example, it gave a situation, an explanation for that situation, and then went on to cover all the different sleep disorders. these sleep disorders should definetly NOT be forgotten in my research. and yet it went even farther to explain what u should do if u r experiencing these problems. this last part is not quite as significant but can be used as a detail in my paper

outline's outline

Writing an outline in addition to the paper may seem like a lot of extra work, especially if your teacher doesn't require one. If you take the time to think about what you want to say and to put your ideas into an outline, writing the actual paper will be easier. An outline is a listing of brief ideas that will be in the paper.



The Outline's Outline

I. Reasons to write an outline
A. Organizes your ideas
B. Provides a “map” for the paper
C. Your teacher made you do it
D. You decided to give it a try

II. Parts of the outline
A. Title
1. Should include the subject of the paper
2. Descriptive title will grab reader’s attention
B. Introduction
1. States the subject of the paper
2. States what areas will be focused on
3. Keep introduction concise and brief
a) Helps to keep reader’s attention
b) Save something for the “Main Body”
C. Main Body
1. Where all your information is presented
2. It’s time to use your notes
a) Find all your notes
b) Review your notes
c) Put the information in order
d) Write brief phrases for ideas to be discussed
(1) No need to write in complete sentences
(2) Write just the main ideas down
(3) Elaborate on the main ideas in the actual paper
e) The ideas should follow in logical order
f) If you have an "A" or an "a" you must have a "B" or "b"
g) If you have a "1" you must have a "2"
D. Conclusion
1. Think of how you want the paper to end
2. Be sharp, concise and to the point
3. Breathe a sigh of relief! The outline is done.

sleep test

http://www.sleepnet.com/sleeptest.html?sleepapnea2=ON&sleepapnea2=ON&sleepapnea2=ON&narcolepsy=ON&narcolepsy=ON&narcolepsy=ON&plmd=ON&plmd=ON&submit=Calculate+Score

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

man im tired of this stuff

this project thing is gettin old real fast. im tired and hungry. does anyone else want to complain?please vent

wonderlog dude

i have had to change my original research question so many times.not really. it started out as: Why is it that teens tend to sleep less than most adults and kids? and ended up as: Why is it that most teens dont get the suggested amount of sleep for their age? i altered the question this way to make it more broad because the other question could be answered in a few sentences like this:
teens dont get that much sleep because their minds are programmed to go to bed late and sleep into the early afternoon as a result of puberty. -paraphrased from the national sleep foundation website
ive found some good info considering ive only done 2 citations, both from the same website. i have a feeling the rest of the info i come across is either going to be crap that is all opinionated or some really wordy crap that scientists and colleges write.yeah ive kept with the same topic.
ive learned that research is really tedious and is the most boring part of writing a paper.however there is much more boring stuff u can go through in your life. for example surviving a whole year of mr.holden. 1 year of his 5th period class/lunch period = 225 HOURS!
ive learned that u have to be very careful when doing research, especially about giving credit to your sources.
NO IM NOT READY TO START WRITING MY PAPER. ineed to get many more citations done and gather more info. my next step needs to be to find another good site to get info. but in the mean time ill reply to other's posts

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

here we go again

here's some crap that is supposed to help me in my research:

"Every person is unique and so are our sleep needs. But in today’s busy world, how much sleep should we be getting each night?

Research suggests that most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Children and adolescents need even more sleep than adults. The following is a breakdown of the recommended number of hours of sleep people need by age (*including naps):

INFANTS

(0 to 2 months): ................10-1/2 to 18 hours*

(2-12 months): ...........................14 to 15 hours*

TODDLERS/CHILDREN

(12-18 months): ........................13 to 15 hours*

(18 months-3 years): ...............12 to 14 hours*

(3-5 years): ..................................11 to 13 hours*

(5-12 years): ....................................9 to 11 hours

ADOLESCENTS

8-1/2 to 9-1/2 hours

ADULTS

7 to 9 hours

As children grow, they go through many changes, including changes in sleep. Children and teens, like adults, thrive on a regular sleep and wake schedule, even on the weekends. Sleep should follow a relaxing bedtime routine. The bedroom should be cool, dark and quiet. Getting a good night’s rest may become more difficult as they grow older due to increased responsibilities and activities, the impact of TV, computers and caffeine or untreated sleep disorders. However, sleep is still a vital part of teens’ performance, health and overall quality of life, and should still be a priority.

So, how do teens measure how much sleep they need? If a teen has trouble staying alert during school, long drives, while reading a book or in other quiet situations when sleepiness is often "unmasked," they probably are not getting enough quality sleep. Other signs of chronic sleep deprivation are irritability, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, loss of short-term memory or becoming overly aggressive. In fact, sleep deprivation is often misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Most sleep problems are treatable. If teens are having trouble getting the ZZZ’s they need, it is important to see a doctor or other health professional."

none, none. "How Much Sleep is Enough?." National Sleep Foundation. National Sleep Foundation. 01 Nov. 2005 .

its just too bad most of the world doesnt meet these standards (or maybe its just me). i know for a fact that on an average weekday i get 6-7 hours of sleep. this info will be useful for me cause i now know what the standard amount of sleep is for all ages. i can then compare the required adult's sleep length to that of the teen's and the baby's to come to some sort of point that actually makes sense. im sure everything im sayin dont make no sense seein as im fallin asleep at the keyboard (which by the way i dont recommend). u see there are many dangers that can come of this.

stuff and things

A National Sleep Foundation survey finds a substantial portion of children are sleepy during the day. According to parents' reports in the 1999 nationwide omnibus survey, Sleep in America, 60% of children under the age of 18 complained of being tired during the day in the past year, and 15% of children reported falling asleep at school during the past year. Teenagers are more likely to complain of being tired during the day than are younger children, according to parent reports (23% of teenagers vs. 11% of younger children).

"Our research has shown that biological changes during puberty affect an adolescent's internal sleep-wake clock. Many adolescents are physiologically not ready to fall asleep until 11:00 pm or later," explains Mary A. Carskadon, Ph.D., Sleep Research Lab Director at Bradley Hospital/Brown University, Providence, RI, and National Sleep Foundation Pediatric Council Chair. "The average teen needs about nine hours of sleep, but many students sleep less than seven hours, in part because they need to get to school by the 7:30 am or earlier start time. As a result, many teens experience problem sleepiness during the day."

none, none. "Dozing Off in Class?." Natonal Sleep Foundation. National Sleep Foundation. 01 Nov. 2005 .

not goode

things are not going well for me on this project. so far i have not gotten any citations or responses done. man oh man am i in trouble man im so pissed oh shiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. ahh i cant believe ho wfar i am behind im sick and tired of all these people passsing me. man i want to take out my anger so bad. do u have any idea how i got this far behing?
maybe it s because i spend so much time complaining in this blog and dont spend any time actually doing work. omg im so bored!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

sleep

sleep. we all don't get enough! but why? that is what the goal of my research project is going to be. im going ti try and specifically talk about why teens lose sleep. i mean there are the obvious reassons like partying, watchin tv, and doing other naughty things late at night.:0:):0:):0:):0:):0:)