Sleep Medicine by Michael S. Aldrich

By Michael S. Aldrich

This publication deals a concise, methodological method of the review and therapy of sufferers with sleep issues. The administration of sleep problems calls for an figuring out of sleep itself, therefore the publication first and foremost discusses elements of standard sleep. the rest of the booklet presents a formulation for severe evaluation, within which the indications and indicators and the mental and scientific historical past of the sufferer, together with an realizing of the neurobiological and mental foundation of sleep problems, are thought of. Polysomnographic stories and different laboratory exams complement and redefine scientific details and help physicians of their treatment plans.

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42 The manual de- fines the criteria for identifying REM sleep and the four stages of NREM sleep from stage 1 (the lightest) to stage 4 (the deepest). Many laboratories combine stage 3 and 4 sleep for scoring purposes into a single category called stage 3-4 sleep, because the two stages differ only in the amount of EEG slow-wave activity. 4:! Wakefulness and Drowsiness The EEG recorded at the scalp is classified into four frequency bands: delta, 0 to 3 Hz; theta, 4 to 7 Hz; alpha, 8 to 13 Hz; and beta, greater than 13 Hz.

This component, which resembles a vertex sharp wave, is followed immediately by a lower amplitude positive slow wave that may have a superimposed sleep spindle. There are two differing definitions of the K-complex. 5 seconds in duration and need not be followed by a spindle; other glossaries of EEG terminology do not inelude a duration criterion but do require the presence of a sleep spindle. The Kcomplex is first apparent at about age 5 months and is most prominent in older children and younger adolescents.

Many laboratories combine stage 3 and 4 sleep for scoring purposes into a single category called stage 3-4 sleep, because the two stages differ only in the amount of EEG slow-wave activity. 4:! Wakefulness and Drowsiness The EEG recorded at the scalp is classified into four frequency bands: delta, 0 to 3 Hz; theta, 4 to 7 Hz; alpha, 8 to 13 Hz; and beta, greater than 13 Hz. In persons who are awake, alert, and resting quietly with eyes closed, the EEG is dominated by the alpha rhythm, a sinusoidaifrhythm that is usually 9 to 10 Hz and most apparent over the parietal and occipital scalp (Fig.

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