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Features of insomnia, the role of the nervous system and its management through relaxation techniques and the role of the physical environment in insomnia and its treatment through improved sleep hygiene.
The impact of neurological damage to the hypothalamus on sleep.
Learners can use their creativity to communicate their knowledge and understanding of relaxation techniques and the role the physical environment plays in sleep hygiene. Using questionnaires, learners could collect some primary data and analyse the sleep routines of others. They could then use the results to make suggestions on improving sleep hygiene using the material they have learned.
Common misconceptions or difficulties learners may have:
Quantitative and qualitative data is often confused; designing a questionnaire investigating sleep hygiene may help learners to understand the difference between them and evaluate their usefulness in data analysis.
Conceptual links to other areas of the specification – useful ways to approach this topic to set learners up for topics later in the course:
This subtopic provides a good opportunity to link research methods. Learners can design their own questionnaires and conduct mini primary data collections. These can then be written up as mini practical investigations. Using open and closed questions would also facilitate discussions on strengths and limitations of quantitative and qualitative data types.
Neuropsychology is assessed throughout the whole specification; the role of the hypothalamus here provides connections to other topics.
Design a questionnaire to investigate sleep hygiene as a link to research methods. Learners could use a mix of open and closed questions and carry out a data collection activity.
This could then be written up as a mini practical and then evaluated. The results of the questionnaire could be used to make suggestions on improving sleep hygiene using the material learned.
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