The Neural Control of Sleep and Waking

Paperback | October 4, 2002

Foreword byJ.M. SiegelbyJerome Siegel

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Why we need to sleep is not actually known, but it is a topic that continues to intrigue us and it is still very much the subject of active research. The author takes an historical approach to the subject and hence largely takes a chronological view of sleep research and the scientists' ideas and their experiments. Parts one and two describe the main historical figures and their various theories and discoveries. Part three describes our current state of knowledge of sleep, arousal and waking. It discusses sleep and waking disorders and discusses the current theories behind the function of sleep. This is a book readable by anyone who has some introductory biology or psychology and has an interest in why and how we sleep it will also make an excellent book for anyone taking a course on the physiology and functions of sleep.

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Why we need to sleep is not actually known, but it is a topic that continues to intrigue us and it is still very much the subject of active research. The author takes an historical approach to the subject and hence largely takes a chronological view of sleep research and the scientists' ideas and their experiments. Parts one and two de...

Format:PaperbackPublished:October 4, 2002Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387954929

ISBN - 13:9780387954929

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Table of Contents

Preface * Acknowledgements * A Brief Synopsis of Neuroanatomy * Technological Developments * Early Research on Brain Mechanisms of Sleep and Waking * The Discovery of the Ascending Reticular Activating System * The Neural Pathways that Produce Arousal * Forebrain and Hindbrain Inhibition of the Reticular Activating System * EEG Synchrony and Behavioral Inhibition * Cellular Mechanisms and Neural Circuits that Produce Sleep * Sleep Factors * Sleep as a Circadian Rhythm * The Discover of REM Sleep * The Neural Control of REM Sleep * Theories of Sleep and Waking * Disorders of Sleep and Waking * References * Abbreviations * Glossary * Index

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From the reviews: "An unexpectedly human story of the evolution of sleep research a ] . From the neuroanatomy and chemistry of sleep to regulation of sleep a ] Siegel leads us through the minds of both the sleeper and the scientist. a ] For students of neuroscience and psychology, this book is a real page-turner a" a lucid, easily accessible portrait of the history and richness of a fascinating scientific discipline. Summing up: Highly recommended." (M.S. Grace, Choice, March, 2003)