Sleep and the Human Brain

I recently recommended Jeff Hawkin’s new book On Intelligence, the best book I have ever read on the nature of intelligence and the human brain. If you are interested in this topic, this book is an absolute must read!

Now Nature has published a journal issue devoted the subject of sleep:

The fundamental truths of sleep are not difficult to master: one sleeps when one is tired — mostly at night—and awakens the next day usually feeling rested and refreshed.

So why put together an Insight on a topic that seems so straightforward?

Although it is often true in biology that things are more complex than they seem at first glance, it is especially accurate for sleep.

All of the articles in this issue are downloadable as PDFs:

  1. Sleep is of the brain, by the brain and for the brain
  2. Hypothalamic regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms
  3. Clues to the functions of mammalian sleep
  4. Sleep-dependent memory consolidation
  5. Insights from studying human sleep disorders
  6. What are the memory sources of dreaming?

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