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Physiology of sleep

Why sleep?

How much sleep is needed?

Sleep and general health

Sleep and metabolism

Sleep and memory

Circadian rhythm


Sleep and dreaming

Sleep disorders

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Recommended references: Web sites

Site indexes

Sleep Medicine Home Page
"This home page lists resources regarding all aspects of sleep including, the physiology of sleep, clinical sleep medicine, sleep research, federal and state information, patient information, and business-related groups."

Sites with general resources

National Sleep Foundation
U. S. non-profit organization "dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting sleep-related education, research, and advocacy." The site contains many articles about sleep and sleep disorders.
Loughborough Sleep Research Centre
Sleep research facility in the UK. The site describes some of the center's research, offers some popular articles on sleep topics, and provides information on sleep disorders such as insomnia.
British Sleep Society
"The British Sleep Society is an professional organisation whose membership consists of mainly medical, healthcare and scientific workers who have interest in sleep and its medical disorders. The aims of the society are to improve public health by promoting education and research into sleep and its disorders." The site contains some useful external links.

Surveys, overviews, tutorials

Article from Wikipedia. See also Sleep disorder, Circadian rhythm, Sleep debt.
Scientists Explore the Mysteries of Why We Sleep
February 2009 article about the benefits of sufficient sleep for immune systems, metabolic control, memory, emotional functioning and learning.
Sleep and Learning
Brief page about how sleep helps learning and the consolidation of memories, by the Society for Neuroscience.
Link between body clock and metabolism may help fight obesity, aging and more
Brief March 2009 Scientific American article. "New research pinpointing the link between the body clock and metabolism may pave the way for scientists to treat an array of health problems, ranging from diabetes to sleep disorders."
Can You Catch Up on Lost Sleep?
May 2008 Scientific American article. "With some work, sleep debt can be repaid - though it won't happen in one extended snooze marathon."
Strange but True: Less Sleep Means More Dreams
September 2007 Scientific American sidebar, subtitled "Missing sleep tonight may just boost your dreams tomorrow night."
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
May 2005 Scientific American sidebar, subtitled "What are dreams? Why do we have them? The answers are as intriguing as dreams themselves."
Timely Surprises
July 1998 news article in Science News, about effects on circadian rhythm of skin exposure to light.
Chronic jet lag shrinks brains
May 2001 news article about structural differences in brains of people who frequently cross time zones.
Sleep improves memory
November 2000 news article about research on the importance of sleep for consolidating memory.
Lack of sleep really is bad for you
October 1999 news article about how significant lack of sleep adversely affects glucose tolerance and endocrine function.

Recommended references: Magazine/journal articles

Going Under
Susan Gaidos
Science News, May 21, 2011
Scientists find clues to how anesthesia numbs the brain.
Keeping Time
Tina Hesman Saey
Science News, April 10, 2010
New findings show how circadian clocks make the body tick.
The Why of Sleep
Tina Hesman Saey
Science News, October 24, 2009
Brain studies may reveal the purpose of a behavior both basic and mystifying.
Dying to Sleep
Tina Hesman Saey
Science News, October 24, 2009
Getting too little sleep can impair body and brain and could even be deadly.
Sleep Gone Awry
Laura Sanders
Science News, October 24, 2009
Researchers inch closer to causes, cures for insomnia, narcolepsy.
The Gears of the Sleep Clock
Allan Pack
The Scientist, April 2009
Is replenishment of resources the key to the sleep/wake cycle?
Disappearing Before Dawn
Kelly Rae Chi
The Scientist, April 2009
Gene expression studies are lending support to a new hypothesis for why everyone sleeps: to prune the strength or number of synapses.
Why We Sleep
Jerome M. Siegel
Scientific American, November 2003

Recommended references: Books


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