Sleeping Beauty

Contest Info

  • Started: 8/1/2012 06:00
  • Ended: 8/4/2012 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 18
  • 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: 8/1/2012 06:00
    • Ended: 8/4/2012 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 18
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
18 pictures
  • Man Asleep on the Golf Course

    Man Asleep on the Golf Course
  • Tattoo Artists Falls Asleep

    Tattoo Artists Falls Asleep
  • Sleeping Pole Dancer

    Sleeping Pole Dancer
  • Barack Obama Asleep on Bench

    Barack Obama Asleep on Bench
  • Sleeping Fighter Pilot

    Sleeping Fighter Pilot
  • Sleeping Airplane Pilot

    Sleeping Airplane Pilot
  • Sleeping Chef

    Sleeping Chef
  • Politicians Asleep During Alien Invasion Meeting

    Politicians Asleep During Alien Invasion Meeting
  • Barack Obama the Sleeping Gallery Security Guard

    Barack Obama the Sleeping Gallery Security Guard
  • Sleeping Airline Pilot

    Sleeping Airline Pilot
18 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Sleep is a natural physiological process of being in the condition of minimal brain activity and reduced response to the visual environment, common for mammals, birds, fish and some other animals including insects (such as drosophilas) In addition, the word ‘sleep' also means a sequence of images (formed during the so called REM - Rapid Eye Movement sleep), which people have the ability to remember (see also dreams). Physiologically ordinary sleeping differs from other similar conditions, such as anabiosis (the so called animal hibernation), hypnotic sleeping, coma, fainting, lethargic sleeping. Sleep increases the level of anabolic and reduces the level of catabolic processes. Sleep normally occurs cyclically, approximately every 24 hours. These cycles are called circadian rhythms. They are redefined each day depending on the level of light. The natural lighting cycle influences the level of concentration of special light-dependent proteins. Circadian cycle usually depends on the length of the daylight hours. In addition to night sleep some cultures have physiologically conditioned short daytime nap – siesta. Falling asleep: Before falling asleep people experience sleepiness and reduced brain activity characterized by: - reduced level of consciousness - yawning; - reduced sensitiveness of sensor systems' - reduced heart beat frequency, reduced secretory activity of glands (salivary glands: dry oral mucosa; lacrimal glands: burning feeling in eyes, eyelids sticking together) Professor Richard R. Budzin from Sleep Research Laboratory of University of Arizona who have studied sleep disorders for many years recommends a new technique for fast falling asleep based on six stages. In his annual report on clinical psychology he described different psychological approaches which have been used to cure insomnia (Bootzin & Epstein, 2011). Such therapy was earlier called stimulus control therapy (Morin et al., 2006). The advise includes the following: go to bed only when you want to sleep, use bed for sleep and sex only, do not lie in bed for more than 10 minutes, if you have difficulties falling asleep make sure that the bed is associated with fast falling asleep, wake up every morning with the alarm at one and the same time and do not sleep during the day. Structure of sleep: Sleep is a unique condition of humans and animals which includes a number if stages, recurring during the night. These stages occur due to activity of different brain structures. The first stage of sleep of a healthy man is Non-Rapid Eye Movement (Non-REM) sleep which lasts 5-10 minutes. Then comes the second stage which lasts 20 minutes. The following 30-45 minutes make up the third and the fourth stages. After that the person asleep comes back to the second stage of Non-REM sleep followed by the first episode of Rapid Eye Movement sleep which usually lasts 5 minutes. This sequence of stages is called a cycle. The first cycle lasts 90-100 minutes. Then the cycles recur, with the duration of Non-REM sleep gradually decreasing unlike the length of REM sleep whose final episode can sometimes go for one hour. On average, there are five full cycles during a normal sleep. The sequence of stages and their duration is easy to see in a hypnogram which shows the structure of the patient's sleep. Functions of sleep: Sleep is vital for giving body a rest. It helps to process and store information. Sleep (especially Non-REM) facilitates memory processes while REM sleep projects subconscious models of expected events. Sleep is the ability of the body to adjust to changes in lighting (day-night) Sleep helps to restore our immune system by activating T cells, which protect us from catarrhal and virus diseases. Sleep duration: Normal seep duration is 6-8 hours a day, however, it can vary widely from 4 to 10 hours. Sleep disorders can course different variations in sleep duration from several minutes to several days. Sleep duration among babies, adults and elderly people is 12—16, 6—8 and 4—6 hours respectively. Sleep hyposomnia (sleep duration is less than 5 hours) or physiological structure disorders may increase the risk of insomnia. Absence of sleep is a very severe disorder. Several sleepless days may cause problems with consciousness, irresistible desire to fall asleep, regular mental confusion conditions. This method of psychological coercion is often used during interrogations and is presently considered to be an agonizing torture Dreaming: Recent studies of functionality of dreams at the University of Helsinki (leading professor: Pekka Sutola) showed that mammals can sometimes have fast REM sleeping followed by deep sleep. This explains why people with epilepsy have REM-like sleep during their attacks and cannot remember the events happening several hours before the attack. Full functionality of this system has not yet been established. Siesta: A short nap taken in the early afternoon nap – siesta – is a historical element of culture common for many nations, especially for tropical countries. Recent studies, conducted in Greece (in collaboration with University Of Athens, Medical School and Harvard University) showed that half-an-hour rest at least three times a day reduces the risk of dying from heart attack by 37%.