April 23, 2009 CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS AND FAMILY TIME Variables Morning/Night Rigid/Flexible Amount of Sleep Needed Early/Late and other Individual Variables Energy and Activities Soundness of Sleep Meal Preference and Time of Arrival Couple/Family Patterns Activity Patterns and Conflict Mismatching and Conflict Timing determines togethernesss or vice versa Need biological measures, such as taking temperature every 2 hours Flexible they can sleep and work whenever they need to When you do your best work? Whether you consider yourself to be rigid or flexible? How much sleep do you need? Some people need 9 hours of sleep a night other don?t need the same There are some people who aren?t early birds or night owls, they just need more sleep so they can?t be either one The early birds tended to be more likely to be physically active people. The night owls tended to like night life Early birds not only wake up early and easily, they also tend to arrive at appointments early and night owls arrive late Early birds liked breakfast the most and night owls like dinner Early birds tend to sleep less soundly (easily awakened) Mismatches parents who seem to be mismatched biologically, seemed to do fewer things together and have more conflicts If you and you?re parents are out of sync, you have problems to work out In some cases, sociology determines biology The way things are going on between you, sets up the time calendar Some real data is needed (perceptual stuff is helpful but real data is required) We don?t know until we take our temperatures for several weeks and find out when we?re most alert and most tired Taking your temperature helps because it?s lowest when you?re closest to being asleep, warmest you?re most awake
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