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Studies of people who have died contradict the popular belief that adults lose an enormous number of neurons every day. In fact, many areas of the brain, primarily in the cortex, maintain most of their neurons. Examples include the parietal cortex, which plays a role in sensory processes and language, and the striate cortex, which processes visual information. The connectivity between neurons changes with aging, so that the brain is constantly capable of being modified or improved. The aging brain is only as resilient as its circuitry.

Because they tend to suppress the deeper stages of slow wave sleep. Excessive daytime sleepiness may have many causes. The most common are disorders that disrupt sleep and result in inadequate amounts of sleep, particularly of the deeper stages. How is sleep regulated? During wakefulness, the brain is kept in an active or aroused state by the actions of two major systems of nerve cells that use In obstructive sleep apnea, as sleep deepens, the airway muscles either acetylcholine or monoamines, such as norepinephrine, sero- in the throat relax to the point of collapse, closing the airway.

Most harmful are the chronic remaining too long in a state of mobilization. If these functions are aspects of stress. left mobilized and unchecked, disease can develop. Some actions During the past several decades, researchers have found that stress both helps and harms the body. When confronted with a crucial physical challenge, properly controlled stress responses can of the calming branch appear to reduce the harmful effects of the emergency branch’s response to stress. The brain’s third major communication process is the neuroen- provide the extra strength and energy needed to cope.

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