What is the Sleep Cycle? - Definition, Stages & Disorders


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Your circadian rhythm is a cycle that lasts

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1. As you fall asleep, an electroencephalogram would show your brainwaves changing from

2. Short bursts of brain activity while you're asleep are called

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The sleep cycle is comprised of a regularly recurring pattern, and this worksheet/quiz combination will see how much you understand about the sleep cycle. The questions in the quiz ask you about how brain waves change during the sleep cycle and the different stages of sleep.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on the following concepts in this assessment:

  • How brainwaves change when you fall asleep
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Sleep cycle stage when breathing and heart rate increase
  • Brain production during the third and fourth stages of sleep
  • Short bursts of brain activity that occur during sleep

Skills Practiced

Test these comprehensive skills by completing the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the sleep cycle from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the five stages of the sleep cycle in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding brain waves during the sleep cycle and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about length of the five stages of the sleep cycle

Additional Learning

To find out more about the sleep cycle, please check out the accompanying lesson entitled Sleep Cycle. The lesson meets these learning objectives:

  • Define EEG and describe how it helps analyze the sleep cycle
  • Understand how your biological rhythm can be disrupted during travel
  • Identify the characteristics of the five stages of sleep
  • Know how sleep disorders affect the sleep cycle