Evolution of Sleep: Phylogenetic and Functional Perspectives by Patrick McNamaraEvolution of Sleep: Phylogenetic and Functional Perspectives by Patrick McNamara

Evolution of Sleep: Phylogenetic and Functional Perspectives

EditorPatrick McNamara, Robert A. Barton, Charles L. Nunn

Hardcover | October 12, 2009

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Research during the past two decades has produced major advances in understanding sleep within particular species. Simultaneously, molecular advances have made it possible to generate phylogenetic trees, while new analytical methods provide the tools to examine macroevolutionary change on these trees. These methods have recently been applied to questions concerning the evolution of distinctive sleep state characteristics and functions. This book synthesizes recent advances in our understanding of the evolutionary origins of sleep and its adaptive function, and it lays the groundwork for future evolutionary research by assessing sleep patterns in the major animal lineages.
Title:Evolution of Sleep: Phylogenetic and Functional PerspectivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.96 × 8.46 × 0.79 inPublished:October 12, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521894972

ISBN - 13:9780521894975


Table of Contents

1. Introduction Patrick McNamara, Charles L. Nunn and Robert A. Barton; 2. Ecological constraints on mammalian sleep architecture Isabella Capellini, Brian T. Preston, Patrick McNamara, Robert A. Barton and Charles L. Nunn; 3. Sleep in insects Kristyna M. Hartse; 4. Schooling by continuously-active fishes: clues to sleep's ultimate function J. Lee Kavanau; 5. What exactly is it that sleeps?: the evolution, regulation and organization of an emergent network property James M. Krueger; 6. Evolutionary medicine of sleep disorders: toward a science of sleep duration Patrick McNamara and Sanford Auerbach; 7. Primate sleep in phylogenetic perspective Charles N. Nunn, Patrick McNamara, Isabella Capellini, Brian T. Preston and Robert Barton; 8. A bird's eye view on the function of sleep Niels C. Rattenborg and Charles J. Amlaner; 9. The evolution of wakefulness: from reptiles to mammals Ruben V. Rial, Mourad Akaarir, Antoni Gamundi, M. Cristina Nicolau and Susana Esteban; 10. Evolution of REM sleep Mahesh M. Thakkar and Subimal Datta; 11. Towards the understanding of the function of sleep: new insights from mouse genetics Valter Tucci and Patrick M. Nolan; 12. Fishing for sleep Irina V. Zhdanova.

Editorial Reviews

"This book is necessary reading for anyone working in sleep medicine. The reader will understand better why today, despite the abundant research reported in this book, we are far from understanding the entire function of sleep in humans. Yet at the same time, a good understanding can be gained about the evolutionary threads that can be perceived through phylogenetic analyses. We can use investigations of many different models to improve our knowledge of both animal and human sleep, and design protocols to pursue our quest to understand one of our vital functions. Mia Zaharna Christian Guilleminault, Division of Sleep Medicine Stanford University for American Journal of Human Biology