Physiological Psych Reflection Paper

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Reflection Essay Through my experience of learning in Psych 335, I have learned that my body is continuously being controlled by a myriad of factors and influences. There were several topics in the class that intrigued me and got me to think about the classroom material in my own personal life. I now have come to the realization that sleeping and psychological disorders have a lot more to do with my behavior than I once thought. I have learned that sleep is a state that brain actively produces and within the sleep state, there are four stages. Stage 1 sleep begins when sleep has just begun. During this stage, the EEG has irregular, jagged, low voltage waves. The overall brain activity has decreased from when awake but is still higher than other brain stages. In succeeding stages, heart rate, breathing rate, and brain activity decrease and slow, large amplitude waves become more common. There is also a stage of sleep called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. In this stage of sleep, the EEG shows irregular, low voltage fast waves. This is also known as paradoxical sleep. Any person that falls asleep goes through stages 1 and slowly progresses to stages 2, 3 and 4 in order then after an hour of sleep, the person goes from stage 4 to 3, 2, and then to REM sleep. This sequence repeats, with each cycle, lasting about 90 minutes. By gaining this newfound knowledge of sleep, I have reevaluated my sleep routine and tried to manage a healthier lifestyle. I have learned that a possible reason for tiredness during the day could be because of inadequate sleep. This can lead to insomnia; which is caused by various factors including noise, temperature, stress, pain, diet, and medications. So I will try to find the reason for my tiredness during the day and make the appropriate adjustments to accommodate my lack of sleep. In regards to psychological disorders,

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