The Scientific Phenomenon of Sleeping

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To Sleep Introduction Sleep is one of the most fascinating scientific phenomena in the world. It has been viewed as the sweetest of experiences as well as the dullest of the experiences. Shakespeare referred to sleep as "…the cousin of death." On the other end, philosophers such as Socrates believed that sleep was one of life's great treats, even arguing that eternal dreamless sleep was preferable to life. Science has shown that sleep is not only a treat, it is a necessity. Sleep plays a crucial role in the development and restoration of the human brain. Modern developments, such as the clock and the system of wage labor, have threatened this crucial human resource. Thesis: Sleep deprivation is one of the most serious public health issues facing the country. It causes impaired concentration, diminished immunity to disease, and severe psychological stress. Society must make huge changes in order to combat the effects of sleep deprivation, especially on children. The Human Need for Sleep Human beings spend about a third of their lives in sleep. Babies spend two-thirds of their lives in sleep. (Behrens & Rosen, 2011) However, the need for sleep is not unique to humans. "Evolution equipped humans, in common with all other animals with biological mechanism to make us sleep at roughly the same time every day." (Behrens & Rosen, 2011) Obstacles to Sleep Although all creatures share a common need for sleep, it is humans who have the most trouble getting it. Humans, being

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