Writing Assignment #2
Sleep deprivation is a common problem in modern society. Sleep plays a crucial role in optimal health and wellness throughout a person’s life. Getting a proper amount of sleep can help aid in mental and physical health. Sleep deprivation can occur from various causes. Often the stresses and vigor of daily life may intrude upon our ability to sleep well. In any case, sleep deprivation is not only detrimental to one’s well being, but it can also impair cognitive ability and have serious long term medical affects. The only way to truly and accurately showcase the harmful effects that sleep deprivation can have upon the mind and body is to design and perform an experiment. The hypothesis being tested is that if a person gets less than the scientist recommended eight hours of sleep a night, they will have decreased cognitive, thinking, memory and learning abilities. The independent variable in this experiment is sleep, and the dependent variable is cognitive ability. A random sample of ten people would be used as the subjects of this experimentation. It is hoped that this small random sample will help us to make assumptions about a larger population. The random sample would consist of five males and five females whose ages vary between 18-20 years old. All subjects would have to be in good, normal health at the time of this experiment. In the first part of the experiment the control data would be collected. This information would be acquired by observing the individual’s daily sleep and activity patterns over a 48-hour period. The subjects would undergo several cognitive tests at different times during the 48-hour period to test their learning and memory capabilities. This information would provide researches with individualized profiles of each subject that displays each person’s cognitive abilities within their personal environments. The data collected would also serve as the basis of comparison for the sleep deprivation experiment....
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