STRUCTURE — The anatomy of sleep
Your brain doesn’t get the night off
NEUROSCIENCE — Off to night school
Make this a night to remember
DEPRIVATION — A wake-up call
Not getting enough sleep is shown to cause health problems
OBESITY — Heavy sleepers
Lying awake can make you put on weight
CHRONOBIOLOGY — Stepping out of time
When you’re no longer in sync with the rhythm of the night
PERSPECTIVE — Casting light on sleep deficiency
Charles Czeisler contends that the nights are too bright
MOOD DISORDERS — The dark night
A tangled web of poor sleep and depression
INSOMNIA — Chasing the dream
From sleeping pills to cognitive therapy
NEURODEGENERATION — Amyloid awakenings
Can a lack of sleep cause Alzheimer’s?
Intro to NatureOutlook
The articles in the following links (right) recently published in the May 23 supplement of the well-respected journal NatureOutlook are very interesting, opening new doors of knowledge and investigation into many aspects of sleep. The basic questions are:
- Why does our brain need sleep?
- What happens when we don’t get enough?
- How does our 24 hour society affect sleep?
- Are some of modern societies’ health problems linked to changes in sleep quantity or quality?
Enormous changes in our way of life over the last 100 years via artificial light and electricity have naturally changed the way our brains perceive the day/night (circadian) cycle. The effects are physiological in ways previously not understood. For example, our hormonal cycles tend to be circadian.
If we can’t tell day from night, what happens then?
These articles will give you insight into the basic science that ties sleep to human health, and an appreciation of why we should consider sleep as an important health parameter. Kudos to the authors and to our friends at RESMED for sponsoring the publication.
~ D. E. Law, MD