Blog Post #1 – Is Sleep Really that Important?

Inquiry Question: Is Sleep Really that Important?

We all know that sleep is essential for living. Everyone has to sleep in order to avoid effects of sleep deprivation like fatigue, irritability and mood changes. In the now, I don’t feel like I have been getting a lot of sleep. I have been known to stay up ’till 2 in the morning due to procrastination. Especially since I have choir at 7am on Mondays and Thursdays, which means I have to wake up at 6 in the morning to get ready for school, it is not the most ideal to sleep that late. My parents constantly remind me to sleep earlier so that I can maintain a healthy body, but does that really matter if I am still able to maintain 8-10 hours of sleep?

You can hear it anywhere, that sleep is very important, but where is the proof, the evidence? My inquiry project is going to be all about that. Hopefully we can all learn new things about sleep and the importance of sleeping early, so that we feel more motivated to sleep at an earlier time.


Karen Zoulau

4 Replies to “Blog Post #1 – Is Sleep Really that Important?”

  1. Hi Karen,

    I would really like to learn the benefits of sleeping and how important it is to us. I’ve once saw a video explaining an American boy in 1964 who didn’t sleep for 11 days as a school project. He experience hallucination and many other terrible effects. The video explained that not sleeping for even 2 days could be highly dangerous.

    This is the article that I found for him and it would be really interesting if you look into the effects of not sleeping.,with%20a%20science%20fair%20project.

  2. Hi Karen!
    This is an interesting question you have chosen to research! It would be interesting to see the amount of sleep different age groups get and it would be interesting to learn about the different sleeping disorders there are that could affect sleep during the night! I am very excited to see how your three rounds of research will look like!
    Here are some sites that may help you:,eye%20movement%20(NREM)%20sleep.

    Best of luck!

  3. Hello Karen,

    Interesting topic; I think in my past sciences classes, we have discussed this topic by analyzing scientific research papers.

    Consider using websites and documents with .gov and accredited Universities with your research studies.

    Here are some that discuss the extraordinary usefulness of sleep for us humans:
    This one even discusses the relationship between sleep quality and work demands – consider checking it out!:

    Hope these help you in your soon-to-come rounds!

    Warm Regards,


  4. Hello Karen.
    Sleep is a topic that affect us all. When I was in highschool I thought I wasn’t getting enough sleep because of the home work. Then the same happened in the university and I thought I will get to sleep better when the campus life is over, but even now when I am working I am still not able to get the 8 hours of sleep every night, because I am working on different projects. I am glad you are working on this project. I hope to learn the logically ideal time to sleep. How my body is affected by less or more hours of sleep. And probably a night routine that can help me get to bed early. ( how to change from getting to sleep at 2 or 3am to 9 or 10pm) I have tried this but because of the habit I can’t fall asleep before 2pm.
    All the Best in your research.

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