Sweet Sleep

An investigation of different type of sugars and REM sleep

Hypothesis

If a person eats a dish with hyperglycemic sugar, then they will have more movement in their sleep because that is for people who need more sugar in their blood which will probably give the person more movement in their sleep.

Materials

  • Humans
  • Journal
  • Hypoglycemic Sugar foods
  • Hyperglycemic Sugar foods
  • Alarm
  • Phone or other technology

Data Analysis

The average of step for hypoglycemic sugar was 134.9 step or roughly 135. The average of hyperglycemic sugar was 36.9 or roughly 37.

Conclusion

The hypothesis was not supported. The hypoglycemic sugar had more of an affect in the movement in sleep compared to hyperglycemic sugar. This occurred because of the stomach aches the test subjects reported having while they were trying to sleep at night, which gave the data a huge spike compared to hyperglycemic sugar. The data is not as accurate.

C.E.R

Claim- The trends observed were stomach aches that were occurring at nigh which increased the movement in sleep. Hypoglycemic sugar caused more movement because of it and hyperglycemic sugar did not have any other physical affect on the human body except the normal number of steps recorded. The average for hypoglycemic sugar was higher then hyperglycemic sugar.


Evidence- The steps for hypoglycemic sugar was about 60 more each trial then hyperglycemic sugar. The average of hypoglycemic sugar was 134.9 and the average of hyperglycemic sugar was 36.9. The difference in the number of steps is 98 steps.


Reasoning- The main reason why hypoglycemic sugar had a greater affect on the body was because of the aches that the test subject were getting in there stomach. This caused the data to become inaccurate because it gave hypoglycemic sugar an extra boost in the number of steps. They would move more in the sleep because of the pain causing the app to track more steps, making the data inaccurate.

Procedures

1. Person should eat the type of food given and immediately go to bed

2. Set alarm for 8 hours of sleep

3. Use app that tracks movement

4. Set under pillow and sleep

5. Wake up and check movement

6. Record into journal

Problem ?

How do different foods with hypoglycemic/hyperglycemic sugars affect how much a person moves in their sleep?

Research

Hypoglycemic



Hypoglycemic (also known as hypoglycemia) is called low blood glucose or low blood sugar. It happens when your blood glucose drops below normal levels. Hypoglycemia can happen unexpectedly. It is mild but it can be treated by drinking or eating something that has high levels of glucose in it. If it isn’t treated, hypoglycemia can cause confusion, clumsiness, or fainting. Severe hypoglycemia can lead to seizures, coma, or sometimes even death.


Symptoms include:

  • Hunger

  • Shakiness

  • Nervousness

  • Sweating

  • Dizziness or light-headedness

  • Sleepiness

  • Confusion

  • Difficulty Speaking

  • Anxiety


Sometimes, hypoglycemia can happen when you sleep.


Symptoms include:

  • Crying out or having nightmares

  • Finding damp pajamas or bed sheets from perspiration (sweating)

  • Feeling tired, irritable, or confused when you wake up


What causes hypoglycemia?


People with diabetes who take certain glucose-lowering medication may be at risk for hypoglycemia for a variety of reason:

  • Eating meals or snacks that are too small, delayed or skip

  • Taking too much insulin or other blood-glucose-lowering medications

  • Increasing exercise or physical activity

  • Drinking alcohol


The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends people who have hypoglycemia to carry 15-20 grams of sugary items on them at ALL TIMES. An item like Insta-Glucose is a great item to carry because it’s easy to use and it is really dependable on. Also, they recommend to eat hyperglycemic foods because it can also help cure hypoglycemia and we basically eat them everyday. Some foods are more effective than others. Some foods are lettuce, tomatoes, nuts, etc. Hypoglycemic foods are tasty and great to eat. They easily help cure hypoglycemia. The foods are put into groups by how effective they are and they are compared by percentages of affectivity. This is the same with hyperglycemic foods and hyperglycemia which is basically the opposite of the hypoglycemia.

Hyperglycemia is the term used for high blood glucose (blood sugar). High blood glucose happens when the body has too little insulin and or when the body can’t use insulin properly.


Things that cause hyperglycemia:

  • If you have Type 1 diabetes, you may not have given yourself enough insulin

  • If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body may have enough insulin but it might not be as effective as it should be

  • You ate more than planned or exercised less than planned

  • You have stress from illness, such as the cold or flu

  • You may have other stress, such as family conflicts or school or dating problems

  • You may have experienced the dawn phenomenon (a surge of hormones that the body produces daily around 4:00 a.m. or 5:00 a.m.)


Symptoms include:

  • High blood glucose

  • High levels of sugar in the urine

  • Frequent urination

  • Increased thirst


If hyperglycemia goes untreated, then it will become a serious problem. A condition called ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) could occur. When your body breaks down fats, waste products called ketones are produced and your body will try to get rid of them through urination. Since the body can’t release all of them at once, it will start to build up in your blood which ends up leading to ketoacidosis.


Symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Breath that smells fruity

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Very dry mouth












Bibliography

"Hypoglycemia Facts." Hypoglycemia Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.


"Hyperglycemia (High Blood Glucose)." American Diabetes Association. N.p., n.d. Web.

29 Sept. 2014.

Variables

Variables


DV- Movement

IV- Food

Control- The type of food

Constants- Food, amount of sleep, and all tests will be done on people

Observation

Humans had stomach aches in their sleep causing more movement.

Improvements

Change the type of food given to eat to have better and more accurate results

Error

Food was bad and gave stomach aches

Application

It shows what foods are edible before you sleep and how much you should eat.