Mackenzie’s Talon Talk- Mental illness and sleep patterns

Hola TALONted folks, I’m back!

Recently we were given the project of creating our own ted talk format video, that is science related. Mine is on mental illness’ and their relationship to sleeping patterns, feel free to watch and comment.

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Now go get some sleep!

7 thoughts on “Mackenzie’s Talon Talk- Mental illness and sleep patterns

  1. I love your ted talk Mackenzie! It was clearly really well researched, and you conveyed your facts in a simple way in which I could understand well. I found it really surprising how much sleep you need to get to make up for the lack of a nights sleep! I had always believed that just getting one good full nights sleep would “reset” your bodies need for sleep. It was really interesting to find out that you actually need to get double the amount of sleep that you missed, added on to a normal sleep. I think you also had a great topic choice, as a lot of people, in the TALONS program especially, do have a lack of sleep a lot of nights, due to how busy we are. This talk made me realize how important sleep really is for us, and that there are serious consequences from not getting enough. I did also have a few questions from this video:

    1. You mentioned teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep… do you know how many hours adults and kids need?

    2. I’m not sure if you have looked into this or not, but if you have, does sleep deprivation affect animals in the same way it affects humans?

    3. Does a persons business during the day affect how much sleep they need at night, or is that unrelated?

    4. Do naps count as made up hours for sleep deprivation, or does it only help if the sleep is at night?

    I thought that your ted talk was really well done, and I especially loved the way you signed off… it made me want to rethink my sleep schedule and do something to prevent sleep deprivation. Great job!

    • Thank you Tori, I am passionate about this topic, especially since joining TALONS, as looking around, our class could really use a few extra hours of sleep.

      1. Obviously the number of hours required for each individual varies, however most adults should get between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep. The number of 8-10 for teens isn’t set in stone. Certain individuals will require more due to for example, compromised auto immune systems, while others don’t need as much. According to an article I read, there is actually a genetic mutation that causes some humans to function on fewer hours. It is rare, but it makes it that the REM stage is shorter, so the more valuable hours, take up more time, and they wake up refreshed… unfortunately there are side effects, but thats a whole other topic.

      2. I didn’t research too much about animals and sleep deprivation, but in one of the videos that I watched, it did mention that caffeine affects rats the same way it affects humans. Apparently those, with caffeine in their system can stay awake an extra 3.5 hours longer than the untreated rats.

      3. What a person does during the day, does affect how much sleep they require, so it would be one of the variables that I mentioned in the answer to your first question. However, individuals who do very little in a day, still require 8-10 hours. There isn’t much research behind this, so I couldn’t tell you why, but it has been tested and proven.

      4. Naps count :) They are trying to figure it out, but it is currently a possibility that naps are considered more valuable sleep time, than night hours.

      Thank you very much

      • Thanks for your response Mackenzie! It sounds like you have researched your topic really well! All of your answers helped me to understand the topic a lot better. Thanks!

  2. Hello Mackenzie,

    I really enjoyed your talk, the way you described everything and the overall sense that you really understood what you were talking about made me feel very intrigued during the entire talk.
    I was wondering what would happen if somebody overslept, and what casues this, as you had said earlier that I might die for getting 10+ hours of sleep.

    Thanks, Owen

  3. Your introduction was very specifically relatable to your audience! You established in the beginning that your topic is critical, and should be taken seriously which was definitely effective. Your statistics helped to put things in perspective. You structured your talk in a way that connected your viewer to your topic, and its implications. It was nice to see that link back to previous knowledge (downwards spiral). It was great to see a solution offered after describing the problem. It offered some hope to the large mass of our population that you identify as suffering from these problems! I wonder- how has sleep deprivation affected other generations? Are we the worst at getting adequate sleep so far, or has this been a trend in the past?

  4. Amazing TED Talk Mackenzie. The introduction was very relevant to all of us TALONS, and connected us directly with your topic. As someone who as always struggled to sleep, this is something that I am very aware of. I have experienced firsthand the downwards spiral of sleep loss many times, and anxiety caused by sleep loss is something that affects me on a daily basis. Your talk addressed topics like sleep loss very well and the slides highlighted the specific concepts that you were talking about. The simple things such as relaxing and turning off electronics are really important for getting a good night’s sleep. Overall, your topic was relevant and interesting, and you tackled it very well.

  5. Really interesting topic, Mackenzie! Your presentation was really easy to follow through and I liked how you paused in between sentences to make the audience think about what you’ve just said. It was also a really neat idea to use a laser in order for the audience to follow through your speech. I have one quick question– sleep deprivation varies in different countries; which country has the highest percentage of sleep deprivation? Overall, your presentation was truly amazing and I learned a lot!

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