Sleep Study

In: Philosophy and Psychology

Submitted By aaronscott
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Aaron Scott
Dr Kathryn Klee
Introduction to Psychology
10/02/2011

I decided to do my sleep study on my roommate, Joe Sagar. Joe is a senior at McKendree University and plays soccer where he is the goalkeeper. He is 22years old and originally from Oldham, England. He spent 16years of his life growing up there with his mum Joanna and dad Paul before moving up to Glasgow to carry on his career in soccer. After a couple years in the British game, Joe decided to try his luck in the U.S to take up a scholarship. I started of my sleep study by asking Joe how much sleep, on average, he gets every night. He gets a low amount of six and a half hours sleep every night. He has a class every day at 8am and gets up at 7:15, therefore an early riser. His preferred sleeping environments are simply darkness and peace and quiet so he can peacefully fall asleep. Since Joe travels back home to England where the flight can be up to 14hours long, he has experienced jet lag before. He remembers the feeling of weakness and on some occasions, sickness. The time change leaves him extremely tired as he needs a few days to adapt to the different time zones. Dreams come very rarely for Joe but when he ever does dream it is happy dreams that occur. In terms of how long it takes for Joe to get to sleep, it isn’t long at all. I spoke with his girlfriend who he often stays with, and she claimed Joe falls asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow. This also leads in to Joe being a heavy sleeper. Joe considers himself a NREM sleeper and more specifically in the stage 3 or 4 state. He often has afternoon naps as well and within this he is most definitely in stage 4 as he has often woken up, disorientated and confused. In terms of dreaming, Joe has always remembered one specific dream and can often influence the content. This is the involvement of lucid dreaming. Joe dreams of playing in a…...

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