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Sleep Physiology - Lifestyle Matters

August 04, 2021 Dr Ferghal Armstrong - MRCGP, FRACGP, FAChAM, FASLM
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Sleep Physiology - Lifestyle Matters
Aug 04, 2021
Dr Ferghal Armstrong - MRCGP, FRACGP, FAChAM, FASLM

Sleep cannot be considered a passive absence of function but is an essential process during which our brains and bodies regenerate. It is characterised by many disparate active processes referred to as rem sleep and non-rem sleep that occurs in ninety-minute cycles. 

We need about five cycles of sleep per night which equates to seven to nine hours of sleep per night.  Melatonin from the pineal gland triggers our sleep, but there are many other factors that contribute to our sleep-wake cycle. 

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Show Notes

Sleep cannot be considered a passive absence of function but is an essential process during which our brains and bodies regenerate. It is characterised by many disparate active processes referred to as rem sleep and non-rem sleep that occurs in ninety-minute cycles. 

We need about five cycles of sleep per night which equates to seven to nine hours of sleep per night.  Melatonin from the pineal gland triggers our sleep, but there are many other factors that contribute to our sleep-wake cycle. 

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/medheads)