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What are some reasons we need to sleep?

Body repair
Energy replenishment
Predator avoidance
Memory consolidation
Neuronal integrity
Resulting of synaptic populations
Maximising adaptation to the environment


What are some recent discoveries on sleep and the brain?

Sleep improves procedural memory - tasks requiring practice and repetition

Also improves problem solving skills and pruning and strengthening of circuits that promotes learning new things and reinforcing old ones


What is the result of sleep deprivation on junior doctors?

Impaired performance tests on vigilance
Impaired serial mathematical calculations
Impaired Verbal processing, complex problem solving
Significant decrements in procedural skills post call among surgical trainees
Worsening of stimulated intubation tasks among ED trainees


What are the two types of sleep?

REM (rapid eye movement)


What are the 4 factor to be considered when diagnosing sleep disorders?

Sleep history
Sleep diary


What is actigraphy?

A non invasive method of monitoring human rest and activity cycles
The small actigraph unit is worn often under the wrist by the patient to measure gross motor activity
Movement is recorded and the data can be read by a computer and analysed


What is a polysomnography?

A type of sleep test which is multi parametric. The test result is called a polysomnograph.
Many body functions are monitored including the brain (EEG), eye movements (EOG), muscle activity (EMG) and heart rhythm (ECG)
Respiratory airflow and effort were also later added


When do dreams usually occur?

Mostly during REM sleep


What are some reasons for dreaming?

Erasing theory, (dreams are a way of dumping the information we dont need during the day)
filing theory (dreams are a way of storing the information we don't need during the day)


How often does REM sleep occur ?

5 times a night, totalling about 2 hours


What are some effects of total sleep deprivation?

Death 11-32 days without sleeping
Brownish/disheveled fur
Skin lesions on tails/paws
Increased food intake
20% weight loss
Increased energy expenditure (1.9x increase in energy use)
Decreased body temperature terminally


What are some components of sleep history?

Sleep onset
Sleep latency
Total sleep time
Quality of sleep
Long term pattern
Sleep attack
Sleepiness during the day
Sleep walking
Sleep talking
Sleep eating
Sleep sex
Violent activities


What are some countermeasures for sleep deprivation/fatigue

Sleep 2-8 hours before 24 hour shift
15 min nap every 2-3 hour intervals
Sometimes more than 2 hour naps can worsen the sleep inertia




What are the three types of sleep problems?

Insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
Excessive day time sleepiness
Parasomnia (abnormal actions while sleeping)


What is insomnia? What are its symptoms?

Difficulty sleeping
Can have primary insomnia,
secondary insomnia - due to substances, psychiatric, medical, neurological condition

Can have circadian rhythm problems
Jet lag
Shift work sleep disorder


What is excessive daytime sleepiness?

A difficulty in maintaining desired wakefulness
Falling asleep at inappropriate times

Excessive amount of sleep
Sleep apnoea, narcolepsy/sleep attacks, idiopathic hypersomnia, substances, circadian rhythm disorder, sleep deprivation


What is parasomnia?

abnormal actions while sleeping
symptoms include
sleepwalking, eating, talking (somniloquy), REM behaviour disorders, periodic limb movements, restless legs, bruxism


How can sleep disorders be managed?

correct diagnosis
multi-model approach (targeting psychological, beahvioural and biological factors)
cognivitve behavrioual teatment for insomnia
light treatment
continuous positive airway pressure


how can sleep be enhanced?

addressing underlying medical and psychiatric condition
avoiding stimulating substances like caffeine
minimising alcohol intake
adjusting bed firmness, temperature, noise
minimising stimulating activities at night
going to bed when really sleepy
maintain a consistent time in getting out of bed
reducting compuer use at night and turning cellphones off?
have a calm and focused mind (through meditating, focusing on present moment, having your full attention to your current activity)