Research Question: Effects of Introducing Segmented Sleep in Adolescents

Until now, I have read research, newspaper articles and books on sleep in general, sleeping adolescents, and naps. I have discovered that:

  • adolescents often have a weaker or disturbed biological clock, causing the circadian rhythm to shift or get disordered
  • adolescents are often sleep deprived because of their shifted day-night rhythm, social activities and school work, which negatively influence school achievements
  • contrary to the widely advised solid 8-9 hours sleep per night, possibly our natural sleep pattern is segmented
  • taking a nap has many cognitive and physical advantages

I would like to find out more about the possibilities to fight sleepiness in adolescents with the use of naps, but I have not been able to find many scientific papers on that subject. Perhaps this is a good area to do more research in. In order to study the effects of a nap on teenagers, I need to find out or define:

  • exact definition of a nap: duration, sleep stage
  • test group: age, occupation, social status, health
  • intervention: nap w/o headphones/sleeping mask/hat; environment, posture, caffeine, schedule, duration
  • control group activity
  • standard medical advice for adolescents with sleep deprivation
  • level of sleep deprivation before and after intervention (CSRQ)
  • controlled environment or recommendation + questionnaire

During the project, I will update this post and work towards a good research setup. In the mean time, if you want to read more on sleep: check out this post

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