SYSTEMIC HOMEOSTASIS AND POIKILOSTASIS IN SLEEP: IS REM SLEEP A Physiological Paradox?

byPIER LUIGI Parmeggiani

Hardcover | December 13, 2010

SYSTEMIC HOMEOSTASIS AND POIKILOSTASIS IN SLEEP: IS REM SLEEP A Physiological Paradox? by PIER LUIGI Parmeggiani
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This book aims at presenting biologists and clinicians with a compact description of the physiological manifestations of sleep that are significant from the viewpoint of the principle of homeostasis. In the jargon of the physiological literature, the word "homeostasis", introduced by W.B. Cannon (1926), refers to the existence of a constant state of extracellular body fluids with regard to their physical and chemical properties. Since normal cell function depends on the constancy of such fluids, in multicellular animals there are many regulatory mechanisms under the control of the central nervous system that act to maintain the constancy of the internal environment. The experimental study of homeostasis in wakefulness already revealed the nature and complexity of the underlying physiological mechanisms. Many of these regulatory mechanisms trigger compensatory changes according to the principle of negative feedback. In contrast, the control of homeostasis across sleep states is still an issue under debate concerning its physiological persistence and significance. The author's aim is to find the specific mechanistic proofs of the actual consistency or inconsistency of the principle in different states of sleep. In this respect, there are several interacting physiological functions that ought to be examined across the sleep states.
Title:SYSTEMIC HOMEOSTASIS AND POIKILOSTASIS IN SLEEP: IS REM SLEEP A Physiological Paradox?Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:200 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:200 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 inPublished:December 13, 2010Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1848165722

ISBN - 13:9781848165724

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