Recognition of Sleep Quality, Sleep Disorders and their Diagnosis and Management

Sleep is essential for healthy brain function and physical health, whereas sleep deprivation adversely affects physiological functions including those of the CNS, Immune, Respiratory, Digestive, Cardiovascular, and Endocrine systems.

Sleep regulation consists of two main processes: the sleep dependent process and sleep independent process.

  1. The sleep dependent process characterizes sleep need, which builds up during wakefulness and dissipates during sleep.
  2. The sleep independent process is governed by the circadian rhythm.

Studies have shown that many of the beneficial effects of sleep on the restoration of brain function are thought to be mediated primarily by slow waves in Non-REM sleep. Additionally, slow wave sleep has been shown to play a pivotal role in the optimization of memory consolidation. Various pharmacological and peripheral (electric/magnetic/sensory) stimulation methods have been proposed to enhance slow waves. The purpose of this series is to examine the enhancement of slow wave sleep, and the effect this may have on brain health and improved memory consolidation.


Faculty Chair

Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD
Chief of Sleep Medicine/Dept. of Neurology
Prof. of Neurology (Sleep Medicine)
Northwestern University Institute
  for Neuroscience
Chicago, IL

Contributing Faculty

Eve Van Cauter, PhD
Professor; Department of Medicine
Section of Endocrinology,
  Diabetes and Metabolism
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Shari Rogers, MSN, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner
Fayette Specialty Associates
Uniontown, PA

Thomas Roth, PhD
Chief, Division Head
Sleep Disorders and Research Center
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, MI

Patrick J. Strollo, Jr., MD
Professor of Medicine
Magee-Womens Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Terri Weaver, PhD, RN
Dean and Professor of Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago
  College of Nursing
Chicago, IL

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These activities are supported by an educational grant from
Philips Respironics.