Sleep is a universal phenomenon in higher animals, and although the need for it is clearly recognized, its physiological purpose and the factors producing it are not understood. There is a well-defined evolution of sleep patterns in the individual, and disorders of sleep have age-specific characteristics. A rational clinical approach to complaints of disordered sleep requires understanding of the developmental aspects of normal sleep.
KeywordsObstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Disorder NREM Sleep Central Nervous System Anomaly Hypnagogic Hallucination
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