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Clock Your Sleep

Clock Your Sleep
Image: Courtesy of WNYC.

As part of the Clock Your Sleep project, check in each morning and evening to indicate when you woke up and when you went to bed. Then answer a couple more questions about your sleep habits. That information will let you see your own sleep patterns over time. When you log in, you’ll see your sleep patterns charted on a graph. You’ll also be able to see how your sleep compares to others participating in this project.

Participants can access their accounts via their Jawbone or Fitbit devices. It’s encouraged that participants also fill out a simple sleep diary in addition to sync’ing up with those gadgets. Although the project aggregates sleep data in New York City, those outside NYC can use the project to track their own sleep patterns.

Project Details

  • PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: N/A
  • SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: N/A
  • DATES: Ongoing
  • PROJECT TYPE: Questionnaire
  • COST: Free
  • GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
  • HOW TO JOIN:

    First, create a login. Then check in each morning and evening to tell us when you woke up and when you went to bed. You answer a couple more questions about your sleep habits, and that’s it. By giving us that information, you’ll be able to see your own sleep patterns over time.

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What Is Citizen Science?

Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We'll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.

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