By Lois E. Krahn, Michael H. Silber, Timothy I. Morgenthaler
Written via skilled individuals from the popular Mayo health center, the Atlas of Sleep and Sleep Medicine covers the historical past, humanities, and comparative organic facets of sleep. This hugely illustrated source comprises pictures, reproductions, photographs, segments of sleep reports, and scientific algorithms to assist the clinician within the right analysis and administration of sleep disorders.
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However, an Internet search for “prayer” as an intervention for “insomnia” or “sleeplessness” will yield multiple references and requests for intercessory prayer for persons with subacute and chronic insomnia. The frequency with which prayer is used as the primary means to alleviate insomnia is unknown. Some patients describe prayer as a relaxation technique they use to reduce tension and facilitate sleep. Prayers for alleviation of insomnia and nightmares are mentioned in the Medicine of the Prophet by As-Suyuti (12).
THE GENESIS OF WAKEFULNESS Arousal and consciousness are mediated through a series of interlocking neural pathways. Two ascending systems, the cholinergic and monoaminergic pathways, are stabilized by a third regulatory system, the hypocretin (also known as orexin) pathway. Together, these networks are responsible for the perception of multimodal sensory stimuli, the sense of consciousness, and the inhibition of sleep (4). The cholinergic system originates in neurons of the dorsal pontine tegmentum, specifically, the pedunculopontine and the lateral dorsal tegmental nuclei.
Transcult Psychiatry 2005; 42: 93–112. 10. Aina OF, Famuyiwa OO. Ogun Oru: a traditional explanation for nocturnal neuropsychiatric disturbances among the Yoruba of Southwest Nigeria. Transcult Psychiatry 2007; 44: 44–54. 11. Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine: The New Approach to Using the Best of Natural Therapies and Conventional Medicine. New York: Time Inc Home Entertainment, 2007. 12. As-Suyuti JA. As-Suyuti’s Medicine of the Prophet. London: Ta-Ha, 1994. 13. Herbermann CG, Pace EA, Pallen CB, Shahan TJ, Wayne JJ (eds).