Date of Award

Fall 12-9-2016

Degree Type

Honors Thesis


Zoology and Physiology

First Advisor

Meg Flanigan Skinner


Sleep has always been a topic of great interest. Scientists have just begun to uncover the mysteries of this essential aspect of our lives; but much remains unknown. As humans have evolved, so have our sleep patterns. Throughout history, there has been a progressive decrease in prioritizing sleep in our lives, coupled with an increased emphasis on efficiency and productivity in society. This study pursues various aspects of sleep patterns, including circadian and homeostatic rhythms, the measurement and importance of sleep, and the impacts of poor sleep schedules. Recent changes and ideas concerning sleep habits, as well as their effects, are addressed, in an effort to examine the overall purposes and benefits of a good night’s rest. Normal Monophasic Sleep Cycles.