Course 21: What is the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system ?

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, two essential divisions of the autonomic nervous system. Members will gain a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, functions, and regulation of these systems. The course will delve into the physiological responses, interconnectedness, and the role they play in maintaining homeostasis. Practical applications and strategies for regulating these systems will also be discussed.


Course Outcomes (What you’ll learn)

1. Describe the anatomy and organization of the autonomic nervous system, including the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions.

2. Explain the physiological responses and functions of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

3. Understand the interplay and balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems for maintaining homeostasis.

4. Identify the neurotransmitters and regulatory mechanisms involved in the autonomic nervous system.

5. Recognize the role of the autonomic nervous system in various bodily functions and its implications for overall health.

6. Apply practical techniques and strategies for regulating autonomic responses and promoting balance.

7. Analyze and discuss clinical conditions associated with sympathetic and parasympathetic dysfunction.

8. Evaluate the relevance and application of self-regulation techniques in managing stress and promoting well-being.


Course Duration (The length of time to learn this course, or the amount of time that the course programme goes on for (might be 3 hours of study, or it might be 7 days of sticking to the course schedule)

This course will require 90 minutes of watching the video, reading course material and passing the quizzes. Then you apply this mindset everyday damn day for the rest of your life !!!

The autonomic nervous system is a division of the peripheral nervous system responsible for regulating involuntary bodily functions. It controls processes such as heart rate, digestion, respiration, and temperature regulation.
The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for activating the body's fight-or-flight response during times of stress or danger. It prepares the body for action by increasing heart rate, dilating blood vessels, and releasing stress hormones. The parasympathetic nervous system, on the other hand, promotes the rest-and-digest response, helping the body relax and conserve energy by slowing heart rate, stimulating digestion, and promoting overall calmness.
Both systems are regulated by a complex interplay of neurotransmitters and receptors. The sympathetic system is primarily regulated by norepinephrine, while the parasympathetic system is regulated by acetylcholine. The balance between these systems is maintained through a feedback mechanism involving various brain regions and reflex pathways.
The sympathetic and parasympathetic systems play a crucial role in regulating bodily functions and maintaining homeostasis. They influence our responses to stress, energy levels, digestion, heart rate, and more. Imbalances or dysfunctions in these systems can contribute to various health conditions, including anxiety disorders, cardiovascular problems, and gastrointestinal disorders.
Yes, we can influence and regulate these systems through various techniques and practices. Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, mindfulness, and biofeedback can help activate the parasympathetic system, promoting relaxation and stress reduction. Physical exercise, stress management strategies, and lifestyle modifications can also support the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
Yes, understanding the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems can have practical applications in managing stress, improving overall well-being, and promoting self-regulation. By learning strategies to influence these systems, individuals can enhance their ability to manage stress, reduce anxiety, improve sleep quality, and support overall physiological and emotional balance.

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Lectures: 9
Level: Beginner