Healthcare professionals often work rotating shifts. Why is this problematic? What can be done to deal with potential problems?
Generally, humans are considered diurnal which means we are awake during the day and asleep during the night. Many rodents, on the other hand, are nocturnal. Why do you think different animals have such different sleep-wake cycles?
If theories that assert sleep is necessary for restoration and recovery from daily energetic demands are correct, what do you predict about the relationship that would exist between individuals’ total sleep duration and their level of activity?
How could researchers determine if given areas of the brain are involved in the regulation of sleep?
Differentiate the evolutionary theories of sleep and make a case for the one with the most compelling evidence.
Freud believed that dreams provide important insight into the unconscious mind. He maintained that a dream’s manifest content could provide clues into an individual’s unconscious. What potential criticisms exist for this particular perspective?
Some people claim that sleepwalking and talking in your sleep involve individuals acting out their dreams. Why is this particular explanation unlikely?
One of the recommendations that therapists will make to people who suffer from insomnia is to spend less waking time in bed. Why do you think spending waking time in bed might interfere with the ability to fall asleep later?
How is narcolepsy with cataplexy similar to and different from REM sleep?
The negative health consequences of both alcohol and tobacco products are well-documented. A drug like marijuana, on the other hand, is generally considered to be as safe, if not safer than these legal drugs. Why do you think marijuana use continues to be illegal in many parts of the United States?
Why are programs designed to educate people about the dangers of using tobacco products just as important as developing tobacco cessation programs?
What advantages exist for researching the potential health benefits of hypnosis?
What types of studies would be most convincing regarding the effectiveness of meditation in the treatment for some type of physical or mental disorder?