• Nurses: Sleep Health & Sleep Disorders

  • If you are frequently asked questions about sleep health challenges, this series will provide the answers you need.

    These courses will inform you about the foundational research in each topic area and will prepare you to knowledgeably and confidently provide medically sound answers to frequently asked questions.

    Sleep Deficit: An American Health Crisis

    The problem of too little sleep, and the frustration associated with sleeping poorly, is recognized as a national health epidemic. According to Consumer Reports as many as 68% of Americans struggle with sleep at least once a week. On average, adults sleep seven hours per night, about a two-hour reduction from a century ago.

    Based on current research, this course covers these topics:

    • Sleep needs across the lifespan
    • Stages of sleep
    • Impact of sleep on health and chronic conditions
    • Sleep Health Assessment Tools

    Sleep Disorders: Introduction to Sleep Medicine

    Sleep Medicine, as a medical specialty, is a recent development. Diagnostic procedures and therapeutic strategies developed since the 1950’s are the foundation for today’s practice.  This field continues to evolve are more research is conducted into symptoms, causes and best treatments for sleep disorders.

    This course covers:

    • International Classification of Sleep Disorders
    • Review of the most common Sleep Disorders
    • Sleep Trackers and measurement of sleep quality
    • Treatment Overview
    • Sleep Hygiene and Self-Help Approaches

    Sleep Apnea:  Screening and Treatment

    Classified as a Sleep Related Breathing Disorder, Sleep Apnea is one of the most commonly occurring sleep disorders. It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed. This life-long condition is associated with an increased risk for complications during hospitalization.

    This course addresses the issues identified by the Joint Commission’s Division for Healthcare Improvement:

    • Lack of training for health care professionals to screen for and recognize OSA
    • Failure to assess patients for OSA
    • Lack of guidelines for the care and treatment of individuals at risk for, and those diagnosed with, OSA

    Upon completion of this course, the practitioner will be able to competently assess patients for OSA, will provide patient education and will contribute to development of treatment guidelines.