Regulatory Behavior Paper

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Regulatory Behavior
Emily Beecher
April 27, 2015
Dr. Annie Powers
Regulatory Behavior
The nervous system is an extremely elaborate biological machine. Without question, the nervous system is a system so intricate and comprehensive that professionals in the field of medicine to this day do not have a “complete picture” of each of the working details of the human nervous system. Of these different mechanisms, perhaps the one most riddled with speculation, is the mechanism of sleep. In discussing regulatory process, sleep is perhaps one of the most essential to the healthy upkeep of the human nervous system. This process is such a necessary behavior that without it, the nervous system, and the overall health of the individual
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Anxiety could possibly be the cause of one’s sleep apnea or insomnia. There is a cycle that some may go through when trying to sleep. First, you are lying in bed having difficulty getting to sleep. Then, you realize that you are still awake and should be sleeping; this is when the anxiety kicks in. The body kicks in the fight-or-flight mechanism, and the sympathetic nervous system shifts on, and the body starts to produce adrenalin due to a false perception of a threat, which prevents sleep. Then you are back to the start where it is difficult for you to fall asleep.
Lack of adequate sleep can make it difficult to receive, and remember information. Sleepless nights can result in overworked neurons to no longer function well. To stimulate the brain regions used in learning, we can depend on rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. During REM sleep, cells in the pons send messages that inhibit the motor neurons that control the body's large muscles (Kalat, 2013). Slow-wave sleep (SWS) can also play a significant role in memory. SWS can increase restorative processes during sleep. Slow waves indicate that neuronal activity is highly synchronized (Kalat, 2013). Depriving a person of sleep can impair verbal learning, especially early in the night. Depriving a person of sleep during the second half of the night impairs consolidation of learned motor skills (Kalat, 2013). Consolidation represents the processes by which memory becomes stable. To add, after sleep drive has
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