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Interactive video lesson plan for: Why Do We Sleep?

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Sleeping is frustrating for many of us. So why do we have to do it? Ben and Lauren review several possibilities and reveal all the bad things that can happen if you sleep too much... or not at all.

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Research Sources:
● http://www.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/sleep.htm
● http://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/sleep/basics/importance-of-sleep1.htm
● Gorman, C. (2004). WHY WE SLEEP. (cover story). Time, 164(25), 46-56.
● A new study concludes that the neural nexus of the circadian clock shows signs of functional decline as mice age, providing clues as to why sleep patterns tend to change as people grow older. (2012). MondayMorning, 20(48), 1.
● http://www.ted.com/talks/russell_foster_why_do_we_sleep.html
● http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/oct/17/sleep-cleans-our-brains-say-scientists

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