Some Monoaminergic Mechanisms Controlling Sleep and Waking

  • M. Jouvet


The nervous system is a super-organization comprising many sub-systems. This truism should be kept in mind when studying sleep mechanisms. The fact that rather limited, specific brain stem lesions are able to suppress either sleep or waking is a good reason to believe that certain systems are specialized to control the sleep-waking rhythm. This is a more promising approach to the problem of sleep-waking mechanisms than that which presupposes that every neuron possess a “built in” waking-sleep rhythm similar to the mysterious periodical firing shown by isolated neurons of Aplysia (Strumwasser, 1965).


Slow Wave Sleep Paradoxical Sleep Brain Serotonin Mesencephalic Reticular Formation Pontine Tegmentum 
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  • M. Jouvet
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  1. 1.Department of Experimental MedicineSchool of MedicineLyonsFrance

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