Baseline Data Worksheet
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Baseline Data Worksheet
Track baseline data of your selected behavior that you would like to change over a 3-day period.
Use this information in your Self-Management Paper, due in Week 5.
Dimensions of measurement
Function of baseline behavior
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SELF -MANAGEMENT PROJECT
September 3rd, 2018
Mr. WILLIAM HASLER
Modification of my sleeping habits is the behavior I selected for this paper. I began
having issues with sleeping because of a traumatic incident that took place in my life in the
middle of the night some 35 years ago. As a result, I would sleep intermittently with an average
of approximately 4.5 hours of sleep daily. Today, as an older adult running a business and
attending college, those 4.5 hours can and are often less on some days
It is my desire to change or modify this behavior as it is negatively impacting my health,
my ability to provide a safe environment for my before and after school children (I drive a small
bus for drop off and pick up to and from school) in my care, and my daily overall enjoyment of
life. It would be so much more advantageous for me to be more awake, alert and less moody
throughout the day as opposed to battling to stay awake and on task. The biggest issue with
respect to my inability to sleep fully or for extended lengths of time is my not being fully
engaged in life and or in the moment of what I am doing most times. Correcting this behavior
would allow me to become more fully engaged in all aspects of my life and to enjoy it as
opposed to simply existing until the next 4.5 hours of sleep roll around.
The past week, I took note of my patterns of sleep. I am a 24-hour, 7 days a week child
care provider and as such my hours of work varies according to my contracted parents work
schedules that week. Primarily, I discovered that my fewer demanding days of work are
Sundays, and Thursdays. Those are also the nights my husband and I can sleep at the same time
and in same bed. I tend to sleep longer and deeper on those two nights by about two hours.
Additionally, other factors that impact my sleep is my homework deadline. Often, I am stressed
and over stimulated trying to meet class requirements because of procrastination. On
Thursdays and Sundays I am able to go to bed at between 10:30 pm and 11:30pm. I found that I
slept until 4:30am to 5:30 am. I receive on those two days 6 to 7 hours of sleep
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday nights I found I was not getting in bed until around
2am. Yet, I also discovered that as night fell on those days, I became anxious and somewhat
nervous. It was through this self-observation of wanting to change my sleep habits that I
discovered my reluctance to go to sleep. I would awaken at my usual hour of 4:45 or 5:30 am
the following morning. Fridays and Saturdays, I would go to bed by 11:30 and get up by 4:30.
By Friday I would be somewhat snappy, forcing myself to engage with parents, ready for kids to
disappear, and in need of twelve hours of uninterrupted sleep.
My home is a busy place as it is where I have worked from for the past 15 years, I attend
school online and receive a constant stream of children at various hours throughout the day
and night. The greatest issue with respect to my not sleeping fully is my memories and fears as
related to night time. I surround myself with noise (the business of the 24/hour childcare) to
keep my mind off the events of 35 years ago. Sometimes, the memories will not turn off unless
I am busy and waiting for day light. That seems to be the greatest issue.
An additional stressor for me as related to sleep is school and the commitment it takes
for distance learning. Finding the time (more so than recent) can cause anxiety for me as this
manner of schooling requires more discipline and time. Typically, I strive to meet studies and
assignments during my slowest times (7:30pm-10:00pm) of the day. As stated earlier home
work can greatly impact my sleep according to amount of work due and if it is work I have put
off doing until the last minute.
My initial undertaking was to increase my sleep by 20 minutes. This was not successful
as I was over thinking the entire process and my job was not conducive to same time every
night sleeping pattern. I determined addressing the reason for not being comfortable going to
sleep had to be handled on some level. Therefore, I did go to bed 20 minutes earlier but with
that 20 minutes I spent time lying beside my husband and talking. This proved to be an
excellent starting point for my modification of sleep habits.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that a person of my age group (24-65)
should average at least 7 hours of sleep daily as sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and
well-being. I aspired to use that to strive towards.
I will and have started to make sleeping a priority. My bedroom is my sanctuary and no
child is allowed there. My husband and I will lay down together and devote 20 minutes of that
sleep time to talking about anything past or present. Talking enabled me to fall asleep quickly
and free of fear. I fell asleep 3 nights in a row at same time and woke up refreshed. Although
my sleep time was not exact, I did record a marked increase in sleep time that I got every night.
Sleep Time Goals:
Week 1 – 12:00am
Week 2 – 11:40pm
Week 3 – 11:00pm
Week 4 – 10:20pm
Week 5 – 10:00pm
The increase in my sleep pattern although small has yielded some benefits. Opened a
line of communication between husband and I. I am not cranky and shot with him and or
employees needlessly. I am not as tired mentally any longer. The changes were subtle. But gave
me hope for more rest filled days ahead. It has lessened my procrastination with respect to
class as well. My outlook is more positive now. It has been very freeing to admit I fear going to
sleep and why.
Malott, R. W. & Shane, J. T. (2014). Principles of behavior (7th Ed.). Upper Saddle, NJ:
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