Sleep Personal Statement

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I have always been enchanted by the idea of sleep. As a child, I laid in bed attempting to understand why I was unable to fall asleep. I knew I wasn’t the only one, but the snoring of my family convinced me otherwise. Biology taught me to understand genetics and environmental cues, but they were unable to explain to me how my sleep pattern was different. Unable to figure the cause of my sleep problems, I delved into self-treatments instead. Curiosity for knowledge in sleep therapy prompted my interest in understanding sleep consequences and health. Not many courses introduce the idea of sleep, so it had only been a side interest. I was unaware of the seriousness of the problem and only wanted to understand sleep disorders because I’ve dealt with insomnia myself. Not until college did it occur to me that sleep was serious enough that studying sleep was a profession. However, school has only taught me the minimal basics of sleep. I wanted to understand the mechanism, the consequences, and the treatments for sleep. Unable to get a better idea of sleep, I aimed to learn more about sleep research. Eventually through graduate research, I would like to focus on understanding sleep and its application in improving health.…show more content…
I joined the UC Davis Sleep lab to get a better idea of how sleep labs worked. Similar to the actigraphy measurements, electroencephalogram (EEG) is another method allowing insight into sleep patterns. Looking at EEG data is fascinating since I can visualize the sleeping pattern of the patient throughout their stages of sleep. It is like intruding on their sleep for the benefit of understanding the workings of their brain. Applying and interpreting different analytical models and programs will enhance my techniques in understanding sleep. From this lab, obtaining knowledge of using these models will help to interpret data from various sleep studies and to expand designing and planning for future graduate
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