NASA: STEMonstration – Sleep Science

Establishing a routine for sleep is a key component to an astronaut’s ability to function aboard the International Space Station.

Watch Expedition 55/56 Flight Engineer Ricky Arnold discuss the crew sleeping quarters, why sleep is important and how they adapt for circadian rhythms aboard the space station.

Use the lesson plan that coincides with this video to invigorate your STEM classroom. Be sure to visit for the Classroom Connection related to this video and more educational resources that explore the research and technology of the International Space Station.

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Science Topics
Biology, Health & Medicine
Middle School, Educator
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
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Following this activity, students will be able to:
• Describe causes of disruptions in sleep patterns.
• Identify ways to obtain healthier sleep patterns.

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