Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation - day 3 - at this point, he started...

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Sleep Deprivation One of the best ways to study the importance and function of sleep is to remove it and see what the effects are. 1) longest group studies - these occurred in California during the late 1960s, and included total sleep deprivation for 8-11 days. 2) longest single subject study - Randy Gardner, a 17 year old high school student set out to break the world record for staying awake in order to win a science fair. The previous record was 260 hours of total sleep deprivation (Yikes!). Once word got out that Randy was trying this, scientists came to monitor and record his progress. Here are some of the things that Randy experienced during that time: day 1 - nothing unusual, just some fatigue. day 2 - Randy began having problems focusing his eyes. As a result, he gave up one of the most utilized tools in sleep deprivation studies to remain awake - he stopped watching TV for rest of study.
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Unformatted text preview: day 3 - at this point, he started having some minor mood changes, ataxia (poor body movement coordination), speech problems, and nausea. day 4- not surprisingly, Randy started getting irritable on day 4, became a bit uncooperative, had some memory losses, poor concentration, and indicated that he felt like tight band around head. he also had a few hallucinations, including mistaking a street sign for a person. day 5- Randy started having more hallucinations. For example, Randy insisted he was a great football player (although he clearly wasn't) and became annoyed with any arguments to the contrary. Later in day he began to feel better. days 6-8- more ataxia, speech and memory problems. day 9- fragmented thoughts and speech, blurred vision, and he became paranoid (he stated that others were out to ruin his attempt to break the record)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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