Neurobiology of Sleep and Wake Regulation
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Sleep is essential for healthy brain function and physical health, whereas sleep deprivation adversely affects physiological functions including those of the CNS, Immune, Respiratory, Digestive, Cardiovascular, and Endocrine ...
Sleep is essential for healthy brain function and physical health, whereas sleep deprivation adversely affects physiological functions including those of the CNS, Immune, Respiratory, Digestive, Cardiovascular, and Endocrine systems. Sleep regulation consists of two main processes: the sleep dependent process and sleep independent process.1. The sleep dependent process characterizes sleep need, which builds up during wakefulness and dissipates during sleep. 2. The sleep independent process is governed by the circadian rhythm.Studies have shown that many of the beneficial effects of sleep on the restoration of brain function are thought to be mediated primarily by slow waves in Non-REM sleep. Additionally, slow wave sleep has been shown to play a pivotal role in the optimization of memory consolidation. Various pharmacological and peripheral (electric/magnetic/sensory) stimulation methods have been proposed to enhance slow waves. The purpose of this activity is to examine the enhancement of slow wave sleep, and the effect this may have on brain health and improved memory consolidation. This 1.00 hour academic presentation relates specifically to “Neurobiology of Sleep and Wake Regulation.”
After completing the activity, the participant should be better able to:Cite the epidemiological impact of sleep dysfunction in the general population.Explain the importance of sleep on vital functions.Describe the health consequences of sleep deficiency.Interpret the regulation of sleep cycles and circadian rhythms.
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