…But watch my TED Talk first.


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15 thoughts on “GO TO SLEEP

  1. Great talk Kendra, I’m really glad you did your talk on this subject. It’s something that too many of our classmates, let alone teens, don’t understand. I know you mentioned solutions such as better time management, how do you think that students should deal with this? Most of us have extracurricular activities that eat up a lot of our time which leaves only the dark hours to do our school work. Do you think this comes down to the teachers giving us less work? Or the students putting school work ahead of other things? A bit of both? I think it’s a prominent problem that needs to be addressed soon and I’d like to hear your opinion on it.

    • Hi Andreas, interesting question. I feel like it’s a combination of both teachers understanding that students have other commitments outside of school, but also students having the awareness of how much they can actually handle. Lessening the workload on students could be a good option, but only if students are actually using the new time they have wisely. Part of me thinks that if we were to lessen the workload, then students would take advantage of this by signing up for more extracurriculars leaving the problem unsolved. The issue almost seems inevitable on way or another.

  2. I really enjoyed your TED talk because your voice throughout is very calming, but still has variety, and it sounds natural and not like you’re reading from a script and I found your intro very amusing as I (and I’m sure many other TALONS) relate to it

    You talk about the dangers of microsleeping, especially during driving, during your talk and I know I’ve definitely microslept a few times. Is there a way to prevent them after you feel them starting to set in? For example, will drinking some caffeine when you feel yourself start to stop doze off a little stop you from microsleeping for a while?

    • Hi Aileen, thanks for the comment. While doing research, I do recall coming across an article that did discuss ways of staying awake, but it also said that chugging down some coffee is only momentarily removing the issue at hand. When drinking coffee, you’re still going to be sleep deprived and in an unhealthy state – drinking coffee is ultimately not going to change that.

  3. Kendra!!! I love your TED Talk!
    Your speaking is super clear and fluid! You had amazing eye contact through out and your entire presentation was super engaging and interesting!
    Your use of images, personal stories, and very relatable examples really helped back up your point and made me question my sleeping habits. I also really liked how you not only addressed the WHY, but listed examples of HOW we can apply this new knowledge! I was engaged throughout and learned a lot!
    What made you want to choose this topic? Do you yourself feel sleep deprived, and if so, how have your sleeping habits changed/not changed after doing this TED Talk?
    Amazing job Kendra!!! I will take your advice and go sleep!

    • Hi Vanessa, thank you for the feedback! I chose to do my talk on sleep deprivation because it was something we could all relate to. Personally, I wouldn’t want to hear a long TED Talk about something that doesn’t apply to me. I think sleep deprivation is something that doesn’t get talked about enough, even though we all go through it. The research I conducted during my talk actually made me question how seriously I was taking sleep. I mean, I remember when my friends would brag about how late they went to bed and how little sleep they got. I’ve definitely realized that we really don’t think sleep to be as vital as it is.

      • Hahahaha that is a really good point! I totally agree!!! Awesome job Kendra!!! I think everyone can definitely relate to your TED Talk!

  4. Kendra!! Your tone of voice and enthusiasm about your topic kept me totally engaged the entire time! I love how your introduction and wrapping up were similar and created a sort of full-circle affect. I also love how you ended the video leaving your audience with a question to think about. One question I have for you, is when you say that a more negative person can have trouble sleeping, assuming this implies that a more positive person will have a better chance sleeping well, are there any tips you for improving your day so that you are happier/more positive, and in turn, allowing yourself to get to sleep better?

    • Hi Anika, I’m glad you enjoyed the TED Talk. Increasing your positivity begins with the simple things. We already know that sleep (a very basic thing) can bring one more positivity, so doing other small things that bring pleasure can also increase our happiness. However, I think we also need to have an awareness of our enjoyment. Doing things you enjoy like reading, listening to music, or having conversations may be part of our regular life but reflecting on these activities and thinking “wow, that was rewarding” causes even more of an impact on our outlook on life. Other things that we can do to increase positivity include finding and following passions, setting and completing goals, and even ridding bad habits.

  5. Good job on your TED talk Kendra!!! I absolutely love the topic of your TED talk because I believe that it is an important topic to discuss with teenagers, since teenagers often do not get the amount of sleep that is recommended.
    I love that your TED talk is clear, and easy to follow. You organised your information very effectively! I also loved your introduction, because it was funny, and extremely relatable, and I loved that you talked about solutions to the sleep deprivation issue because it provides me with a clear idea about how I can improve my problems with sleep deprivation.
    I just have a couple of questions for you. Does the knowledge that you gained from doing research for this topic inspire you to have better sleep patterns? Have you created any plans to make sure that you get enough sleep, and if you have created any plans, have you implemented them yet?

    • Hi Sydney, thanks for the feedback and great question! Before actually beginning my TED Talk, I was trying to better my sleep habits and found that in doing so, there was a difference in my mood and well being. When I began my research, it started to make sense why there was a change after more sleep. I became more aware and like I said to Vanessa, I finally understood how important sleep is. While my sleeping habits still aren’t the very best, doing my TED Talk has definitely inspired me to continue improving.

  6. HI Kendra, I really enjoyed your Ted Talk as I found it interesting, well researched, and very relevant. I especially like how you used humor throughout your talk to keep you audience engaged! Although I have a few questions, do you think that because of not getting enough sleep each night that perhaps over time humans in general will become accustomed to less sleep and will therefore adapt? If this is possible how do you think it would change the “programming” in our brain to allow us to do so?

    • Hi Kaleigh, that’s a really good question! Right now, I don’t have a set-in-stone answer, so I’ll definitely have to take a look into sleep and adaptation. Here’s what I think so far: Like with most adaptations, adapting to little sleep would be a long process. With all the negative side effects of sleep deprivation, it makes me wonder if we as humans may still have a price to pay for little to no sleep. But would the benefits outweigh the costs?

  7. Well done on your TED talk Kendra! You were very vocal and I could hear everything clearly and understood everything. Your paused for a dramatic effect were also nice! I don’t have a question really, but I’ll ask this anyways… Do you feel the majority of talons are getting enough sleep? If not, what do you feel would help us stop leaving things to the last second?

    • Hi Hamilton, I’m happy you enjoyed my TED Talk. Based on what I hear, it doesn’t seem like the majority of the Talons get enough sleep. Although, the class is pretty good at keeping positive about it. I find that one technique that works well for me is to set small goals to complete every few days. Let’s take this TED Talk for example. Early in advance I set a day for my research, then my speech, and then my slides to be complete–everything needed to be done a few days before the due date. This pretty much guaranteed that the talk would be ready in advance. Another benefit of this technique is that you feel rewarded after you complete each little goal you set–and like I said to Anika, this really helps in the increase of your positivity.

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