Sleep And Dreaming Open Book Assessment

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Sleep and Dreaming Open Book Assessment

Use two approaches to explain the following case study of the sleep disorders experienced by Mrs A.
One approach to explain Mrs A’s sleep disorder is by using the Biological approach which believes us to be as a consequence of our genetics and physiology. It is the only approach in psychology that examines thoughts, feelings, and behaviors from a biological and thus physical point of view. Mrs A. is experiencing Insomnia due to disturbing her Circadian rhythm which are a variety of behavioural and physiological functions synchronised to the 24 cycle of light and dark These include heart rate, breathing, alertness, excretion and a metabolic rae. These reach a maximum level in the late afternoon and early evening and a minimum level in the early morning. The circadian sleep -waking rhythm determines our alertness and activity levels during the day and night. So by Mrs. A waking up and increasing her alertness and activity levels by using her ipad she is disrupting her circadian rhythm and thus the endogenous pacemakers or internal body clock of the suprachiasmatic nucleus and the pineal gland which humans use to regulate this are further being disrupted due to her Circadian rhythm being out of sync.

Humans have a natural rhythm of 25 hours of sleep and wakefulness, in order to reset this the brain plays an important role with the suprachiasmatic nucleus which is a cluster of neurons in the medial hypothalamus of the brain. The SCN…
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