Baroreflex modulation during sleep and in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome

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This review focuses on the complex integration between cardiovascular reflexes and central autonomic influences controlling physiological sleep-dependent changes in arterial blood pressure and heart rate. A brief introduction on the anatomic and functional organization of the arterial baroreflex and the methods available to assess its function in humans is followed by an analysis of the functional interaction between autonomic nervous system and sleep mechanisms at the highest levels of brain organization. An insight into these interactions is important to shed light on the physiopathology of the most frequent complications of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, such as sustained arterial hypertension, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-11
Number of pages5
JournalAutonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2 2012


  • Arterial baroreflex
  • Arterial hypertension
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Blood pressure variability
  • Daytime somnolence
  • Heart rate variability
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Sleep
  • Sympathetic activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems


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