Why We Nap

Evolution, Chronobiology, and Functions of Polyphasic and Ultrashort Sleep

Authors: STAMPI, BROUGHTON

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J ÜRGEN AscHOFF "Very bad habit! Very bad habit!" Captain Giles to Joseph Conrad who had taken a siesta. -Conrad: The Shadow Line On the Multiplicity of Rest-Activity Cycles: Some Historical and Conceptual Notes According to its title this book tries to answer the profound question of why we nap-and why Captain Giles was wrong in blaming Conrad for having napped. However, in this volume the term nap is not used in the narrower sense of an afternoon siesta; instead, emphasis is placed on the recurrent alternation between states of alertness and drowsiness, i. e. , on rest-activity cycles of high er frequency throughout the 24 hr. In view of this focus, two authors (Stampi, in Chapter I, and Ball, in Chapter 3) rightly refer to the psychologist Szymanski who was among the first to describe "polyphasic" activity patterns. Hence, I consider it appropriate to open this foreword with a few historical remarks. At the time when Szymanski (1920) made the distinction between "monophasic" and "polyphasic" rest-activity patterns and sleep-wake cy­ cles, respectively, not much was known about the mechanisms of such temporal structures. Although the botanists quite some time ago had demonstrated the endogenous nature of the "monophasic" sleep movements in plants, the hypothesis of an (still unknown) external driving force was favored by those who studied rhythms in animals and humans (Aschoff, 1990).

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Evolution, Chronobiology, and Functions of Polyphasic and Ultrashort Sleep: Main Issues

    Stampi, Claudio

    Pages 1-20

  • Thermoregulation and Control of the Ultradian Wake-Sleep Cycle

    Parmeggiani, Pier Luigi

    Pages 23-30

  • The Phasing of Sleep in Animals

    Ball, Nigel J.

    Pages 31-49

  • Sleep-Wake Rhythms and Sleep Structure in the First Year of Life

    Salzarulo, Piero (et al.)

    Pages 50-57

  • Developmental Aspects and a Behavioral Model of Human Sleep

    Webb, Wilse B.

    Pages 58-67

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why We Nap
Book Subtitle
Evolution, Chronobiology, and Functions of Polyphasic and Ultrashort Sleep
Authors
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-2210-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-2210-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-2212-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 280
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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