The Physiology of Sleep: Homeostasis and Health

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Sleep is a complex physiological process that is dominant in the life of every person. The functions and control of sleep are increasingly better understood, particularly in terms of its influence on health and wellbeing. Consequently, the disruption to effective sleep homeostasis has health consequences. This paper reviews the structure and functions of sleep and discusses the impact sleep disruption and deprivation have on health and homeostasis. The assessment of sleep by healthcare professionals is outlined and strategies to promote optimal sleep, largely through sleep hygiene, are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
JournalBritish Journal of Wellbeing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Nov 2010


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