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    Michel Billiard(Editor)

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The question about the function ofsleep remains one ofthe major challenges scientists are faced with. Wherein lies the fascination with sleep? I am convinced that it is the necessity for sleep. No one has failed to experience the overpowering urge to fall asleep after a disturbed night's sleep or after sleep was curtailed or deprived, especially when our daily activities impose restrictions on motor activity. The demand ofour body and brain to sleep challenges our understanding ofwhy this is the case, and which are the benefits ofa night ofprofound sleep. Also in animals prolongation of waking consistently increases their attempts to fall asleep. It has been stated that sleep is more necessary to animals than even food! The need for sleep and some insight into the consequences of the preceding daily waking activities on subsequent sleep was wonderfully formulated by Shakespeare in Othello: Not poppy nor mandragora, Nor all the drowsy syrups ofthe world, Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep Which thou owed'st yesterday It is interesting that the most powerful single intervention which invariably influences sleep in a positive and predictable manner is the prolongation of waking. The activities which people or animals engage in during the wakefulness episode are secondary in the magnitude oftheir effects on sleep.

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  • PDF | 764 pages
  • Michel Billiard(Editor)
  • Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2003 edition (October 30, 2012)
  • English
  • 6
  • Medical Books

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  • By Joanne Duggan on January 30, 2004

    The impressive, comprehensive volume is.....a very useful book on all aspects of sleep and its disorders: it is up-to-date, suitably large to serve well as a handbook, and the comprehensive bibliographies form a link to the vast available literature in the field. The book is a valuable encyclopedia for readers involved in sleep medicine or interested in sleep disorders. All chapters feature an extensive bibliography, which makes it useful for those wishing to delve into the literature. At the end one finds the most important questionnaires in use for evaluating insomnia, hypersomnia, and disorders of circadian rhythm. The glossary of terms is most useful. Review by Dag Stenberg, University of Helsinki

  • By Ricker Polsdorfer on February 17, 2005

    Although this book contains superb information on all aspects of sleep, the publishing job is abysmal. The type is tiny; the language suffers from disparate terms for similar structures like the pineal gland (epiphysis); figures are sometimes illegible. Legends do not explain the figures. And, worst of all, the index is useless. Most index items anyone would want to look up are not listed. Even some listed items are referred to unlisted entries -- for instance, look up "temperature." You are referred to "Thermoregulation," which is not listed.A book of this sort will most frequently be used for reference. Yet the most important item in a reference is an index. This book essentially has none. Perhaps if it came out on CD one could Google for items of interest.Ricker Polsdorfer MD


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