Sleeping Beauty

Contest Info

  • Started: 3/3/2011 11:20
  • Ended: 3/6/2011 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 26
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Sleeping Beauty
Contest Directions: Hard economic times are taking their toll - America is turning into a sleep deprived nation. One-fourth of those surveyed for the National Sleep Foundation's annual "Sleep in America" poll had fallen asleep or become sleepy at work in the past month. The poll also found that Americans are working more and sleeping less. The average amount of sleep was six hours and 48 minutes a night. The average workday? Nine hours and 16 minutes. Photoshop people sleeping in places / situations where they should NOT be sleeping. On duties, at work, doing sports, going out, etc.

Contest Info

    • Started: 3/3/2011 11:20
    • Ended: 3/6/2011 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 26
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
26 pictures
  • Sleeping in American Gothic Painting

    Sleeping in American Gothic Painting
  • Sleeping Jurors at O J Simpson Trial

    Sleeping Jurors at O J Simpson Trial
  • Girl Sleeping at the Three Bears House

    Girl Sleeping at the Three Bears House
  • Barack Obama Sleeping in the White House

    Barack Obama Sleeping in the White House
  • Barack Obama Sleeping at the Barber Shop

    Barack Obama Sleeping at the Barber Shop
  • Barack Obama Sleeping on the Phone

    Barack Obama Sleeping on the Phone
  • Bus Driver Sleeping While Driving

    Bus Driver Sleeping While Driving
  • Sleeping While Waiting the Train

    Sleeping While Waiting the Train
  • Barack Obama Sleeping and Sets Off Missile Attack

    Barack Obama Sleeping and Sets Off Missile Attack
  • Sleeping Air Traffic Controller

    Sleeping Air Traffic Controller
26 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Sleep disorders: * Ahypnia – night sleep disorder (for example insomnia). Causes: neurosis, psychosis, structural brain lesions (encephalitis, epilepsy), somatic diseases. * Sleep apnea – psychogenic or mechanic respiratory impairment during sleep. * Hypersomnia – irresistible desire to sleep. Examples: narcolepsy, lethargic sleep. * Parasomnias. Cause: neurosis. Examples: somnambulism (sleepwalking / lunacy), teeth grinding, nightmares, epileptic seizures, etc. * Sleep palsy – condition when muscle palsy occurs before sleep or after awakening. Sometimes heavy sleep disorders require professional treatment. Sometimes a sleeping person can be aware of being asleep. This condition is called lucid dreaming. Physiological methods of control: The duration of healthy sleep is 4-8 hours however these numbers are very relative. High amount of physical activity increase the need for longer sleep duration. We spend almost one third of our lives sleeping, therefore it is important to follow our biological rhythms. Soporifics: Pharmaceuticals sometimes prescribed symptomatically like sedatives. Pharmacological regulation of sleep without doctor's prescription can be very dangerous, in addition, long-term use of soporifics reduces their effect. However, soporifics and sedatives abuse although being very dangerous is very common in developed countries. Opium and morphine have been used as sedatives or soporifics for a long period of time, however, their use as such has been forbidden due to the possibility of addiction.Luminal and other barbiturates have been used as soporifics for a long period of time over 100 years.Melatonin is one of the most advanced modern drugs, which has high expectations owing to its physiology. Recent studies showed that magnesium deficiency often leads to nervousness, irritability, as well as bruxism - involuntary teeth grinding during sleep. It has also been discovered that magnesium helps produce melatonin. Nevertheless, magnesium itself may help to createquiescent and comfortable state by reducing stress and easing muscle tension. Therefore, magnesium intake should be a part of any diet to improve sleep. Electrosleep: Electrosleep is a method of neurostimulating therapy, which involves the use of low-frequency and low-intensity electricity on patients CNS to arouse his sleepiness. Electrosleep produces tranquilizing, sedative and stimulating affects and is recommended as rehabilitation procedure from a wide spectrum of disorders and illnesses. Study of sleep: Studies conducted by M. Manaseyna (1843—1903), a student of physiologist I. Tarkhanov, plaid an important role in the history of ‘sleep science'. In 1870s she studied the importance of snow for puppies. Analysing the results she came to the conclusion that sleep is more important than food. Modern concepts of the nature of sleep were formed in the second half of XX century following the appearance of the methods of registering bioelectrical brain activity (electroencephalogram, EEG) muscles (electromyography, EMG) and eyes (electrooculography, EOG). A breakthrough in this field was the discovery of the phenomenon of ‘paradoxical sleep' made by N. Kleitman, W. Dement (USA), and M. Jouvet (France) in 1950s Apart from physiological peculiarities of sleep, its psychological peculiarities have also been the subject of many studies. There are a number of methods of subjective evaluation of the quality of sleep, such as for example questionnaires: index of sleep gravity – a scale, designed by H. Maureen in order to evaluate the quality of sleep for patients with insomnia; questionnaire of thoughts before sleep designed by K. Harvey and k. Espie (Glasgow) in order to evaluate cognitive ruminations before sleep interfering with the process of falling asleep for patients with chronic insomnia. Sleep (non-human): Horses and sheep can sleep either standing up or lying down, however, REM sleep does not occur during standing up sleeping. Cats sleep about 16 hours a day. Whales, dolphins and birds have an interesting ability of unihemispheric sleep. They sleep with only a single cerebral hemisphere. Sleeping and wakeful hemispheres interchange. This ability of the marine animals is explained by their need to breathe regularly – they have to come to the surface from time to time in order to get some air. Bottlenose dolphins and killer whales in the first month of their life do not need sleep at all. Birds are also capable of unihemispheric sleep which helps to stay protected from enemies. Giraffes sleep on their knees, with their necks around the legs, lions lye on the back with their front paws on the chest, rats sleep on the side, and twist the tail on the head, foxes do the same. Bats sleep upside down. Cold-blooded animals, such as lizards, turtles and fish sleep too, although it was previously thought that they just stay still during night time. Birds can sleep sitting or standing, and sometimes even during their flight or standing in the water (for example, ducks). Migrating birds have developed an interesting mechanism that allows them to sleep during long flights: every 10-15 minutes a bird flies into the centre of the flock slightly flapping the wings. It hovers on the air flow created by the flock. Then the birds change over. Some vertebrate do not sleep at all. Sleep and breathing: Breathing changes depending on the phase of the sleep. There is a close connection between a child's sleep and different forms of breathing disorders. Child's sleep is a condition which shows the disorders most clearly and in some cases these disorders can only be observed during sleep. Interesting facts: The World Sleep Day is an annual event organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine has been celebrated since 2008.