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Different People and their Sleep Needs.

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BHAVESH PATEL SS-1104-03 11-10-03 Different People and their Sleep Needs ABSTRACT: Every individual and every creature that lives needs sleep. Without this recuperation time for our bodies and minds, we would be grouchy, stubborn, and incapable people. Lack of sleep can be due to many factors such as sleeping disorders. These disorders can be a trait of any individual of any age, race, or sex. There are also many tasks you can do to help you get to sleep, which I have included in this paper. I also found research that proved there is another astonishing factor that could explain why different people sleep different amounts of time. The amount of time you sleep though is just as important as the quality of sleep you get. I researched how people of different age, race, and sex slept differently. I also gathered information on how these different categories of people define good sleep. This research was done with surveys of 3 to 5 questions. INTRODUCTION Sleep and its importance: The state of consciousness which we call sleep is a necessity to every individual in their everyday lives and in their everyday activities. Although different people require different amounts of sleep we know that without it we could not function very well. ...read more.


The larger animals for instance sleep less and smaller sleep more. The metabolism in a smaller creature is higher then that of a larger creature and therefore need more time to rest and rebuild the numerous amounts of cells that die off everyday. Here is a chart of how size makes a difference in how much animals or humans sleep: Opposum 18 Ferret 14.4 Cat 12.5 Dog 10.1 Human 8 Elephant 3 (Kleitman and Aserinksy, p.92) So how important is sleep really? Well Kleitman and Aserinksy (p. 92) also found that death came to a rodent that was completely deprived of sleep in an experiment. The experiment proved that a rodent could go ten to twenty days longer without food then without sleep. Even if the rodent were given more food they lost weight and died faster then with no food and regular amount of sleep. In humans even a slight reduction in sleep over a period of time can cause drowsiness and sleepiness. Only seven hours of sleep every night could extend an individual life span. Sleep is needed mentally, physically, and for to function well everyday. RESEARCH METHODS: I took a survey of three questions regarding to individual sleep needs and also asked for the name, sex, and race of the surveyors. ...read more.


Both Sexes chose choice B, the fewer disturbances as a better definition for sleep. CONCLUSION AND DISCUSSION: These results conclude that the younger you are the more sleep you think you need, but you get almost an hour less. As you get older you think you need less sleep, but you only get a little bit less. Once these individuals hit 60 they said they did not need much sleep at all and they got more then they thought needed. When I asked some of these elder people why they slept so much more less then when they were younger they said that they rested a lot more now and knew when it was time to relax. They also said they had trouble sleeping sometimes because of disturbances they encountered during the night. That is why most of them answered they got less sleep then when they were younger. Most of the people I asked worked full-time or part-time that could have made a difference. I should have also asked why or why not they got less sleep now then when they were younger. From these results, I also conclude that the Russian race and African American race gets less sleep then they think they need. Also females think they need about an hour more then males need and also get about an hour more of sleep then the male gets. ...read more.

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