Is all that late night Facebooking and TV watching cutting into our valuable rest? Try this experiment and find out!
RESULTS: During our sleep challenge period half of the participants got more sleep on their "electronic diet." Congratulations! Remeber this challenge can be tried at any time.
Sleep is important for making memories. It is used as a time for consolidation of memories, which you can learn more about in the museum's Life Lab.
Do you get enough sleep? How can you improve your sleep quality? These are some of the questions that high school students participating in the Koshland Science Museum’s Issues Research Lab explored as part of their community research project last fall.
One team of young researchers examined the effects of the use of electronics on sleep. Is all that late night Facebooking and TV watching cutting into our valuable rest? Try this experiment and find out!
See if turning off your electronics before bedtime helps you get more sleep!
- Write down the amount of sleep you get each night for 7 consecutive nights.
- For the next 7 days, turn off all electronics 1 hour before your intended bedtime. Write down the amount of sleep you get each night.
- Compare your results: Did you sleep less, the same amount, or more when you were on the sleep diet?
- Share your results in the poll below. You can also add your comments to the museum’s Deputy Director, Erika, as she blogs about her sleep challenges in the comments section.