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Mary Minno Anthropology Final Paper “No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap”   ~Carrie Snow
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With every crying, screeching beep I awake more and more from my sleep.  An alarm clock holds a necessary purpose in my life, but it does not make liking  the object any easier. Throughout my childhood, my parents knew not to wake  me early. I am extremely sensitive to a lack of sleep. I get crabby, irritable and  irrational. However, the closer I get to adulthood and real responsibilities, the  more I work to overcome my fear of 8 AM. The most successful method I have  utilized is a mind-over-matter approach: don’t think, just do. After reading Robert  Sapolsky’s book “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” I have realized that my approach  is flawed. I must learn to correct my bad habits rather than ignore my body’s  instinct, as it is an important part of maturation of the body. Sapolsky teaches that  a lack of sleep is very dangerous to the physical well being of a body. It turns out that my adolescent mood swings were due to more than just  erratic behavior. My body was woken up in the middle of my sleep cycle, and  therefore had hyperactive stress responders. Combining that with out-of-control  hormones and late night bedtimes makes for one very grouchy teenager. My stress  responders were not given the proper one-hour turn on period needed to provide  stability. Also, sleep allows your stress hormones to decline; a lack of sleep  deprives your body of that decline. Sapolsky notes that some people “are good at  modulating stress…and others are terrible” (Sapolsky: 953) i . Not all young adults  will handle a lack of sleep with an angry demeanor and lots of attitude, but some  will.
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