Question: How does sleep effect our ability to learn and retain knowledge?
I would think that this question is important, as it would directly pertain to the ability of a students learning and what times certain activities should be started. I personally find it interesting, as a few people who were recognized as being highly intelligent, slept for very little and seemed to be just fine, yet study's say that doing so have largely negative effects. So, it makes me curious as to how Leonardo de Vinci (2hours of sleep per day), Thomas Edison (3hours of sleep per day), and Nicola Tesla (2hours of sleep per day) seemed to function just fine or better even with so little sleep. I find the concept quite interesting as if I slept that amount every night I'd probably just collapse in the middle of the day, Though I have had similar experiences to that, such as sleeping only 4 hours and feeling awesome in the morning and sleeping 10 hours and feeling terrible in the morning. I also have a faint memory of a story told to me by mom at some point when I was small of a person who travelled the world and slept in 15-minute naps every 2 hours, rather then in one go, my mom of course doesn't remember anything resembling this when I asked her. I think that researching this might be helpful to me and others who would read this as it might better inform them and others of bad habits that are impeding them and their learning, or at least that's my hope with this question.
For the first round of research I think that the most logical thing to learn about would be the basics of sleep, such as,
- Is all sleep the same? What effects how you sleep?
- Does it matter how you sleep? The difference between sleeping all at once (EX.8 hours straight) or splitting it into small periods over 2 hour or 1-hour intervals (EX.20minutes every 2 hours).
- How would different sleeping disorders effect this (EX. Insomnia)?
- Do dreams effect your sleep?
- Why do we need to sleep? What does it do?
For the second round of research I think the next step in my research should be into looking on how sleep effects the brain and how we function;
- Research into experiments on the effects of sleep.
- Correlation between memory and sleep? Correlations between or attention span and sleep?
- Exceptions to the amount of sleep (such as someone needing 6 hours instead of 8 to function at their best), and what is this presumably caused by?
- What is sleep debt, and how does it affect us?
- Does the time at which we sleep matter? (EX. 9pm to 6am vs. 4pm to 1am)
For round three I think that ill be looking more specifically on how its effects core skills, the long-term effects it has on our ability to function at school, how certain activity’s (EX. school) can affect our need for sleep, and how other activities may change our demand for sleep (EX. exercise);
- How are core motor skills effected by sleep? (EX. vision, hearing, ability to process information)
- Would more activity during the day make more sleep necessary?
- Does school effect the amount of time we need to sleep? is it a contributing factor in why adults need 7 hours, but adolescents need 9?
- Are there things we can do to need less sleep? Are there things we do that make us need more sleep?
- The good and bad of having to wake up early.
The conclusion will be made by putting together all I previously learned in the three rounds, and it will help to sum up what I have learned.
- Starting off with a brief summary of what I have learned, and what I had first that I would learn come up with.
- What I think the answer to my question would be based off of the information previously assembled.
- How this could affect others and the world around me.
- A brief reflection of what I have done in whole
- A brief concluding statement to sum up everything.
Any comments, critiques or help would be greatly appreciated.