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Abstract The purpose of this project is to improve the quality of my life by altering a behavior, increasing the amount of sleep I get, and to document the attempt at behavior change recording data and emotional content. To establish a baseline for my behavior I recorded the total time slept for each twenty-four hour period. The mean time slept is 7.26 hours and the median time slept is 7.00 hours. I ranked myself in the Preparation stage of the Transtheoretical Model. After the assessment I started the intervention and followed the consciousness raising, self-liberation, self-reevaluation, and stimulus control processes of change to target different aspects of the behavior change. During intervention my perception of the behavior change seemed ineffective and I became frustrated. Employing the processes of change resulted in an increase of the mean to 7.76 hours and an increase in the median to 7.99 hours during intervention. During intervention my perception of the behavior change seemed ineffective and I became frustrated. Before the intervention I was very confident in my ability to change the behavior but I quickly lost confidence as my perceptions became negative. Despite my negative feelings toward the behavior change process itself I reported an increase in well being and satisfaction during the intervention. Behavior change is a difficult process. Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Behavior Assessment 3. Transtheoretical Model Ranking 4. Processes of Change 5. Employing the Processes of Change 6. Summary of Behavior Change 7. My Experience with Behavior Change 8. Figure 9. References Introduction I choose to attempt to increase the amount of sleep I currently have. Changing this deficit in behavior will hopefully enable me to lead a more functional life, promote my academic success, improve my physical health, and increase my general well being. A baseline for the current behavior was established with a mean of 7.26 hours of sleep per night. I hypothesize that the general quality of my life may improve if I increase this number by 0.50 hours. Behavior Assessment To establish a baseline for my sleep behavior I recorded the dates and times I entered and exited sleep per day for seven days. This included any and all sessions of sleep including naps. One day is a twenty four hour period from 00:00 to 00:00. I started recording data from 00:00 Thursday August 31, 2006. I stopped recording data at 00:00 September 7, 2006. I recorded the entry time at the last possible moment before I slept. I recorded the exit time as soon as I awoke. It is a direct method of observation subject to error because I cannot determine the exact time that I enter or exit a sleep session. Therefore the resulting quantitative data is an approximation of the total time sleeping for the given time period. This information will show which days I need to get more sleep and how much more sleep I need on
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course PHY 205 taught by Professor Barlly during the Spring '11 term at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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