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Sleep: Understanding the Basics (cont.)

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sleep understanding the basics, stages of sleep, stage I, stage II, stage III, stage IV, delta waves, delta activity, nonrapid eye movement, NREM, rapid eye movement, REM, light sleep, deep sleep, circadian rhythms, melatonin, biological clock, hypothalamus, neurons, nerve cells, brain activity during sleep, pineal gland, prolactin, testosterone, growth hormone, sleep rhythm, neurotransmitters, sleep deprivation, lack of sleep, sleep cycles, sleep time, amount of sleep needed, jet lag, insomnia, sleep hygiene, sleepwalking

Authors and Editors

Author: Michael B. Russo, MD
Coauthor: Shehnaz Shaikh, MD
Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP FACR

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics


"Stages and architecture of normal sleep"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/7/2015

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