Module 5 - States of Consciousness

Sleep Disorders

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  • Vocabulary Assignments Reminder
  • Sleep Disorder Assignment - details and video links
  • Sleep and Academic Success
  • Study Tools

INFORM: Vocabulary Wiki and Individual Submission DUE!

Friday, Nov. 1st 2013 at 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Don't forget to complete both Vocabulary Assignments today - the Wiki and the Individual Submission. Read the directions - don't assume it is the same as last time!

Assignment Lesson 1: Sleep Disorders - DUE Nov 4th!!!

Several of you have asked about the assignment on Sleep Disorders (Due Monday, Nov. 4th). Remember the following things:

  1. Watch all four videos - the links below are the same as in Moodle!
  2. Write a paragraph for EACH disorder (so - four paragraphs total)
  3. It will be difficult to adequately complete the assignment in 150 words (the minimum required). It will probably take 100 - 150 words for EACH disorder! Feel free to write more - I'll grade it!

Here are the directions for the assignment from Moodle:

For a grade write a paragraph summary on each of the videos you view. You may summarize the information and if you like play amateur sleep disorder specialist and diagnose your friends and family (make sure to title your summary paragraphs with the video title).

You must show that you understand the disorder.

If you cannot view the video, you should research on the web and write a paragraph on the following disorders:

  • narcolepsy
  • sleep apnea
  • night terrors
  • insomnia

Go to "Turn in Assignments Here" to submit your work.

Make sure you cover the 4 disorders in your work. Your response should be 150+ words.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This is a VERY thorough site about Sleep apnea - there are a number of videos about the subject at this site.

Dealing With Chronic Insomnia: Sleep disorders are a common problem for many adults...

INSTRUCT: Sleep and Academic Success

The following information is from Student Health Services at Washington University. It has some pretty interesting facts about Sleep and academic achievement. Check it out - and then go get some sleep!

Sleep difficulties are the #3 factor affecting WU students’ academic success, according to

the 2007 American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment


Sleep researchers who study college students find:

  • An association between students who report later bedtimes and participation in “allnighters” with poorer academic achievement (as measured by GPA). Further, as sleep quantity and quality decrease, academic performance worsens (Thacher, 2008).
  • Among full-time students, those reporting poorer sleep quality perform worse on tests than students reporting better quality sleep (National Sleep Foundation, NFS).
  • Sleep deprivation impairs students’ ability to recognize and correct errors (NFS).

Ready to make a change? Forget the ZZZ’s. It’s the CCC’s that are important in sleep.

That is, “C’s,” as in:

Get the Correct amount of sleep for improved Concentration, Creativity and Critical thinking. Most experts agree that young adults may need as much as 8-10 hours of sleep for optimal performance, yet most college students report getting fewer than 6

hours a night.

Be Consistent—go to bed and wake up around the same time every day—even on the

weekends. Duration of sleep and regularity are what Counts (Maas et al, 1998).

• Get your sleep in one Continuous block. Shortened or incomplete nocturnal sleep is

not rejuvenating and detrimental to your well being. Researchers believe that it is

important to go through the complete sleep cycle which includes REM (rapid eyemovement)

sleep and non-REM sleep. REM sleeps plays a major role in facilitating memory storage, retention, and organization, as well as processing new information, while non-REM sleep is crucial in maintaining general health (if you’re sleep deprived, you are more susceptible to viral infections like colds and flu).

So be Cool…and get some sleep!


Maas, J.B, Wherry, M.L., Axelrod, D.J., Hogan, B.R. & Blumin, J.A. (1998). Power

sleep: The revolutionary program that prepares your mind for peak performance.

New York: Quill.

National Sleep Foundation:

Thacher, P.V. (2008). University students and the "all nighter": Correlates and patterns of

students' engagement in a single night of total sleep deprivation. Behavioral Sleep

Medicine, 6 (1), 16-31.

Washington University Health Promotion Services 2008

Don't forget these sources for additional help!