Sleep and Anesthesia

There are many similarities exist between natural sleep and anesthesia. During early parts of natural sleep, an individual is difficult to arouse. During general anesthesia, a patient cannot be aroused. Parts of the brain that are responsible for sleep are similar to areas that control general anesthesia. General anesthesia is a drug-induced, reversible condition that includes specific behavioral and physiological traits unconsciousness, amnesia, analgesia, and akinesia with concomitant stability of the autonomic, cardiovascular, respiratory, and thermoregulatory systems. Substantial insights can be gained by considering the relationship of general anesthesia to sleep and to coma.

  • Track 1-1 Types of Anesthesia
  • Track 2-2 Pain and Anesthesia
  • Track 3-3 Anesthetic injections
  • Track 4-4 Narcotics and Opioids
  • Track 5-5 Hypnotics and Sedatives

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