Analysis Of My Thirty Day Sleeping Challenge

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My Thirty Day Sleeping Challenge For exactly thirty days from October 15, 2016 to November 14, 2016, I attempted to change a behavior of mine, which was to sleep at least eight hours a night. I chose this behavior change because of my actions in school. When I do not sleep enough I tend to not only become grouchy, but I also lose the motivation to finish my homework or even study. This unfortunately led to multiple cases of procrastination and last minute studying. I also tend to be more tired in school and sometimes so tired that I can not focus in class. Sometimes I fall asleep in class. Unfortunately, even though I was determined at first to accomplish my thirty days challenge, I was not successful in the end. J.J Pilcher and A.S. Walters…show more content…
V. Thacher and other researchers conducted an experiment called “University Students and the ‘All Nighter’” to test their hypothesis that students that are “sleep deprived would have later bed times, later rise times, and less total sleep times” (Thacher, 2008, p. 21). They also believed that those students are more apt to obtaining “lower grade point averages in college, a lower score on the morningness-eveningness scale, as well as a higher depression level” (Pilcher, 1997, p. 22). In a sample of 120 university/college students, the study utilized the Owl-Lark Scale of Circadian Preference to measure their morningness-eveningness, the Beck Depression Inventory to measure the depression level, and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) to measure the students ' sleep quality. They also asked for their common self-reported bedtimes, rise times, and total sleep times as well as obtained grade point averages. In the results, scores on the PSQI and the BDI did not show a huge difference between “all of the students who participated in single night total sleep deprivation versus students that did participate” (Pilcher, 1997, p. 26). It also stated that students who do participate in total sleep deprivation are found to have more problems with mood than those who do not. The BDI scores indicate that there is “no correlation between sleep quality and the participation in single night total sleep quality” (Pilcher 1997, p. 27).…show more content…
This study also depicted that my goal is relevant to my academic, social and even mental life. Even though the my goal was specific, measurable and realistic, the problem was not the goal. It was myself. During the weekends, I watched at least one to two episodes of my dramas before I started my homework. I did block the drama websites, but I had my laptop in front of me so I was always tempted to unblock it every single time I was using my laptop. Another obstacle that I had were exams. To overcome this obstacle, I had to set a reminder on my phone to make sure I had at least a week and a half to study prior to the exams. Unfortunately, I was not able to reach my goal of sleeping at least eight hours a day because I still procrastinated at the last minute. However, I am proud that I was able to reach at least six hours of sleeping every day for the past thirty days. Although I was not able to reach my long term goal, I am determined to continue this attempt as I study for finals this

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