Reflection of What I've Learned

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Biological Clock Everyone’s sleep patterns (sleep cycles) are regulated by their biological clock, most commonly defined as a circadian rhythm. Light changes during the day, sends signals to the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), located in the hypothalamus in the brain, which intern releases the melatonin hormone that signals the body to sleep when light has decreased. Being that I commute to and from work over an hour both ways every day and I am a full-time mother and part-time student, it is hard for me to get an adequate amount of sleep everyday. One night I may have to stay up extra late to finish an assignment for school or I may have to wake up earlier than normal to get my children to an early doctor appointment; those types of events do interfere with my circadian rhythm a great deal. There have been plenty of occasions that I have fallen into micro sleeps while driving to and from work, which can be very dangerous. I would get to work and not be as bright and alert as I would have I gotten a sufficient amount of sleep that corresponded with my internal biological clock. After reading about sleep cycles and circadian rhythms I have gained a new understanding of how important a healthy sleep pattern is to my health and safety. After acquiring this new information I have made sure to try to eliminate many interruptions to my sleep cycle. When I have assignments due, I try to schedule small amounts of time during the day to work on the assignments a great deal before
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