Physiology, Investigations, and Medicine

  • Michel Billiard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Physiology of Sleep

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. C. Guilleminault, M. L. Kreutzer
      Pages 3-9
    3. D. Samson-Dollfus
      Pages 11-30
    4. J. Adrien
      Pages 31-43
    5. D. G. M. Beersma
      Pages 61-70
    6. B. Claustrat
      Pages 71-82
    7. Y. Dauvilliers, M. Tafti, E. Mignot
      Pages 83-111
    8. J. De Koninck
      Pages 113-123
  3. Diagnostic Procedures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. A. Besset
      Pages 127-138
    3. T. Penzel, J. H. Peter
      Pages 139-149
    4. A. Besset
      Pages 151-158
    5. A. Besset
      Pages 159-167
    6. A. Besset
      Pages 169-184
  4. Disorders of Sleep and Wakefulness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Insomnias

      1. N. Darchia, I. Gvilia
        Pages 187-190
      2. R. Peraita Adrados
        Pages 201-205
      3. C. M. Morin
        Pages 207-220
      4. M. Billiard
        Pages 221-226
      5. E. Corruble, D. Warot, Cl. Soubrie
        Pages 247-255
      6. F. Goldenberg
        Pages 269-281
      7. Y. Navelet
        Pages 283-295
      8. J. Carrier, D. Bliwise
        Pages 297-332
    3. Hypersomnias

      1. M. Billiard
        Pages 333-336
      2. M. S. Aldrich
        Pages 341-346
      3. D. Warot, E. Corruble
        Pages 347-356
      4. M. Billiard, Y. Dauvilliers
        Pages 403-428
      5. M. Billiard, A. Besset
        Pages 429-435
      6. M. Billiard
        Pages 437-445
      7. M. Billiard, B. Carlander
        Pages 447-456
      8. M. J. Challamel
        Pages 457-468
    4. Circadian Rhythem Sleep Disorders

    5. Parasomnias

      1. M. F. Vecchierini
        Pages 513-543
      2. M. Averous
        Pages 545-552
  5. Medical Disorders Associated with Sleep or Worsened during Sleep

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 553-553
    2. L. Crampette
      Pages 555-565
    3. E. Weitzenblum, A. Chaouat, C. Charpentier, R. Kessler, J. Kreiger
      Pages 567-575
    4. E. Weitzenblum
      Pages 577-579

About this book


The question about the function ofsleep remains one ofthe major challenges scientists are faced with. Wherein lies the fascination with sleep? I am convinced that it is the necessity for sleep. No one has failed to experience the overpowering urge to fall asleep after a disturbed night's sleep or after sleep was curtailed or deprived, especially when our daily activities impose restrictions on motor activity. The demand ofour body and brain to sleep challenges our understanding ofwhy this is the case, and which are the benefits ofa night ofprofound sleep. Also in animals prolongation of waking consistently increases their attempts to fall asleep. It has been stated that sleep is more necessary to animals than even food! The need for sleep and some insight into the consequences of the preceding daily waking activities on subsequent sleep was wonderfully formulated by Shakespeare in Othello: Not poppy nor mandragora, Nor all the drowsy syrups ofthe world, Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep Which thou owed'st yesterday It is interesting that the most powerful single intervention which invariably influences sleep in a positive and predictable manner is the prolongation of waking. The activities which people or animals engage in during the wakefulness episode are secondary in the magnitude oftheir effects on sleep.


Atmen Epilepsie neurobiology pathology physiology sleep

Editors and affiliations

  • Michel Billiard
    • 1
  1. 1.Hôpital Gui de ChauliacMontpellierFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers,New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4970-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0217-3
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