Sleep and Hypnotic Drugs

  title={Sleep and Hypnotic Drugs},
  author={M. Johns},
  • M. Johns
  • Published 2012
  • Medicine
  • Drugs
  • SummaryIn recent years the effectiveness of hypnotic drugs has had to be assessed in terms of a greatly increased knowledge of the physiology and pathology of sleep. The normal pattern of sleep and wakefulness involves a cyclic alternation between three rather than two basically dissimilar states of the brain and body — alert wakefulness, rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep. The pattern of this alternation in individual people results from the interaction of… CONTINUE READING
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