Respiratory Sleep Disorders

Our body controls breathing both automatically and voluntarily during the time that we are awake. In contrast, whilst we sleep the voluntary mechanism disappears and breathing is practically on “autopilot”. Normal breathing during sleep should be relatively quiet and uneventful. This means that fresh air enters the lungs without obstructions several times per minute, thus …

The Need for Sleep

Our bodies are programmed to need sleep. The body indicates sleepiness in two ways: by boosting circulating levels of the neurotransmitter adenosine and by sending signals from the circadian clock, which controls the body’s daily rhythms. More than 60% of women and men regularly fall short of what an average person’s sleep target should be. …