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Author

Kira Bartnick

Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Cindy Bukach

Abstract

Sleep is a fundamental part of life that is essential to maintaining proper cognitive functioning that affect several different everyday behaviors. Sleep loss has been associated with diminished academic performance, higher incidences of accidents, and worsened mood and temperament; these can likely be attributed to affected cognitive processes of attention and working memory. This study has shown that the quantity of sleep a person gets the night before can potentially impact how accurate a person is in completing a simple task, and that it can possibly affect the cognitive process of attention allocation. This highlights the importance of prioritizing sleep among a busy schedule, because even one night with less sleep may have consequences to cognition. Although people may not always give sleep the credit it deserves, it should not be overlooked in terms of its importance to everyday functioning.

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