Chapter 7 Consciousness - MCCC

Chapter 7 Consciousness - MCCC

What is Consciousness? Chapter 5-Consciousness Class Objectives What is consciousness? What are the stages of sleep? How does sleep deprivation effect us? How would YOU define consciousness? Consciousness is a state of

awareness and responsiveness Events in the environment Your own mental processes and inner awareness Example: Your knowledge of your feelings, thoughts, and memories. Is consciousness a black or white state?

No, Consciousness is a spectrum that ranges from low to high levels of HIGH awareness. Very Alert Awake LOW Unconscious

Feeling Sleepy? How many hours do you sleep a night? What do you know about sleep? True or false? 1. Teens who fall asleep in class have are just lazy. False! Teens need at least 8.5 9.25 hours of sleep each night, compared to an average of seven to nine hours each night for most adults.

2. Health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and depression are unrelated to the amount and quality of a person's sleep. False! 3. The older you get, the fewer hours of sleep you need.

False! 4. During sleep, your brain is very active. True! 5. If you wake up in the middle of the night, it is best to lie in bed, count sheep, or toss and turn until you

eventually fall back asleep . False! Did you know? Did you know that we spend about 1/3 of our lives asleep. If you live to be 75 years old you will have slept about 25 years! An average 20 year old student has spent about 6 years asleep!

Researchers have established what happens during sleep, but not why we sleep. One theory is that we sleep because we are tired. In other words, sleep has a restorative function, like rebooting a computer. Is it important to

maintain a regular bed and wake time? Biological Clock Humans and other animals have an internal biological clock called the circadian rhythms These patterns vary over approximately a 24-hour cycle and occur even in the absence of normal cues about whether it is day or night

Responsible for body functions including: Hormone levels Sleep and wakefulness Blood pressure Body temperature The Brains Control of Circadian Rhythms Generated by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN)

Regulates the pineal glands secretion of the hormone melatonin Increases in melatonin produce

drowsiness Pineal Gland Hypothalamus (SCN) Can your clock get out of whack? Yes, problems can occur if someone works through the

night and sleeps during the day Also experienced with jet lag We are awake when out circadian rhythm cries SLEEP! To speed up resetting your biological clock after a long flight

spend time outdoors Bright lights help reset our biological clocks Morning People versus Evening People Morning people awaken early and full of energy doing their best work before noon

Most people over 65 are morning people Evening people take longer to warm up in the morning doing their best work in the afternoon or evening Most young people are evening

people Isnt sleep all the same? No, the use of the EEG shows variations in brain waves which determine different stages of sleep. There are 5 Stages of sleep (4) Non REM and (1) REM

During an 8 hour period, people typically progress through all 5 full cycles, Each cycle lasts about 90 minutes Non REM Sleep When awake, brain waves show a high frequency, low amplitude pattern

NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep involves increasing bodily relaxation Slower EEG activity occurs The heart rate and respiration are slower during NREM Non-REM Stages of Sleep

NREM brain waves are of low amplitude and are fast, with mixed frequencies Brain activity changes with each stage People become more difficult to awaken as they progress through the four stages of

NREM sleep. Awake Neural activity unsynchronized Start of longer, slower brain activity (beginning to synchronize) Neural activity more synchronized (delta waves)

Neural activity highly synchronized (delta waves) Neural activity unsynchronized Non-REM Sleep Sleepers take about 30 to 40 minutes to go through the four stages of NREM sleep Fall asleep

Non-REM Stage 1 Non-REM Stage 2 Non-REM Stage 3 Non-REM Stage 4 REM Sleep Rapid eye movement (REM) This stage of sleep is characterized by high-frequency, low-amplitude brain wave activity

Occurs only after people go through first 4 stages of NREM REM Sleep REM is difficult to distinguish from being awake on the basis of physiological measures During REM sleep breathing and heart rate increase

The same rate as if we were awake Function of REM Sleep Memory storage- REM Helps consolidate memories Brain areas that are active during the learning of the task become active again during sleep Performance on tasks usually improves if you test someone a day after theyve learned the

task As long as they get at least 6 hours of sleep REM dreams tend to be longer, more vivid, and involve more detail and movement. However, dreaming occurs during all

sleep stages. Paralysis of muscles occurs so we cannot act out our dreams. What Happens When We Dont Get Enough Sleep? Do YOU Get Enough Sleep? Sleep Deprivation Quiz

Sleep Deprivation The longer people go without sleep the sleepier they get and the worse their performance becomes A fatigued, sleep deprived person may experience:

Impaired concentration diminished productivity Tendency to make mistakes Irritability A depressed immune system Greater vulnerability to accidents Sleep Deprivation Research on total sleep deprivation with humans is not

possible However, rats totally deprived of sleep die lose inability to regulate body temperature lose weight Chapter 5-Sleep Disorders CLASS OBJECTIVESWhat are Sleep Disorders? Narcolepsy

Insomnia Sleep apnea Night terrors Sleep walking The EEG is used to help diagnose sleep disorders Sleep disorders quiz True or False? Approximately 70 million people in the United

States are affected by a sleep problem. True If you regularly doze off unintentionally during the day, you may need more than just a good night's sleep. True If you snore loudly and persistently at night and are sleepy during the day, you may have a sleep disorder. Truedisorder marked by "sleep Narcolepsy is a sleep

attacks. The primary cause of insomnia is worry. True Sleep Disorders are divided into two major diagnostic categories: Dyssomnias and Parasomnias Approximately two-thirds of adult

suffer from sleep problems, and about 25% of children under the age of 5 have sleep disturbance What is Narcolepsy? Sleep Disorders People who experience sudden, uncontrollable episodes of sleep have Narcolepsy. Main symptoms:

Fall asleep suddenly and unexpectedly Excessive daytime sleepiness and Abnormal REM sleep. Sleep Disorders Sleep apnea causes airflow into the lungs stop for at least 15 seconds.

The sleeper stops breathing, chokes, then wakens briefly. Rather than choking awake, some choke and die (Skatrud &Pappard, 2004). People with this disorder can have as many as 100 episodes per night. Consequences of Sleep Apnea

People with sleep apnea get poorquality sleep and feel extremely sleepy during the day. The person may have: Memory loss Suffer from severe headaches or work-related accidents. Sleep apnea may also lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Whos effected by this

sleep disorder? This disorder is fairly common, 33% of the population experience symptoms of sleep apnea. Middle-aged, overweight men are at risk, but even children can have this disorder. Can it be treated? Several effective therapies

have been developed, including minor surgery or the use of a machine that affects airway pressure. I just CANT sleep!! Insomnia is the most common dyssomnia effecting as many as one in ten people each year! Insomnia

Insomnia involves problems in going to sleep or maintaining sleep. 10% of the population experience insomnia at sometime and is often associated with anxiety or depression. People with insomnia may actually sleep as much as norm, but quality of sleep tends to be poor and dont feel rested (Dement, 1999).

Insomnia People with insomnia tend to be listless and tired during the day, which often leads to the use of sleep medications. Drugs are not a preferred treatment due to a high link to dependence on sleeping pills and other drugs. Behavioral treatments for insomnia include relaxation training, cognitive therapy, and self-hypnosis.

Insomnia Parasomnias include abnormal disturbances during sleep These include nightmares, night terrors, sleep walking and sleep talking Night Terrors Night Terrors is a sleep disorder in

which a person experiences symptoms of a panic attack The child can usually be seen sitting upright in state of sheer panic. Scream, breathe rapidly appear awake- yet person is not fully conscious This disorder is most common in children between ages 3-8 and disappears as the child grows older.

Are these just BAD nightmares? NO, they are not nightmares and they occur in NREM sleep, usually stage 3 or 4. Sleepwalking Sleep Disorder characterized by walking or other activity while seemingly still asleep. Sleepwalking is common in children 6-12

years old. It may occur at any age and it appears to run in families. Sleepwalking affects approximately 1% to 17% of children and is more frequently seen in boys. The incidence of sleepwalking decreases with age. Sleepwalking

TRUE or FALSE? Sleepwalkers are acting out False! dreams It is dangerous to wake a False! sleep walker Sleepwalking

Sleepwalkers are NOT acting out a dream-brainwave activity of sleepwalkers indicate that they are in stage 4 sleep. There is no danger in waking a sleepwalker. most likely you cannot because they are so deeply asleep.

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