Functions of Sleep: Restoration Explanations.

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-Sleep is divided into SWS and REM sleep

SLOW WAVE SLEEP

-Growth hormone is secreted during SWS  which is why it is important during childhood, it is also important in adulthood because it allows cell repair to take place. 

-When sleep-waking cycle are reversed by 12 hour the release of GH with sleep is also reversed... controlled by neural mechanisms related to SWS.

-Lack of SWS has been associated with reduced functioning of the immune system. (antibodies)

REM SLEEP

-rapid brian growth which is why babies have more sleep

-neurotransmitter activity may be affected by REM sleep. HAs been suggested that REM sleep allows for a break in neurotransmitters release. 

-Psychologists have put forward a link between REM sleep and memory. In…

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