Sleep medicine and insomnia for healthcare professionals

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Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF
Length and time
9:00 - 17:00
Course information
Course start date is passed
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF
Length and time
9:00 - 17:00
About the course

There is a growing recognition of the significance of sleep in various facets of our lives, and many patients express notable distress and impairment related to their sleep. Despite this, sleep medicine is seldom integrated into the core curriculum of medical schools, creating a pressing need for improved assessment and treatment strategies.

This course is designed for clinicians working in diverse settings and does not require prior experience in sleep medicine. Participants will acquire the skills to develop a pragmatic, clinically oriented approach to identify, assess, and manage common sleep issues, with a focus on what clinicians encounter in their day-to-day practice. The emphasis will be particularly on insomnia and its treatment. The curriculum will foster an understanding of normal sleep while dispelling prevalent myths and misconceptions surrounding sleep.

Led by active experts in sleep medicine and research, the course will employ a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, and case studies.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will enhance your understanding in the following areas:

  • Grasp the fundamentals of the neurobiology of sleep and circadian rhythms, along with their respective functions.
  • Acquire a comprehensive overview of the diverse range of disorders within sleep medicine.
  • Master the skill of taking a detailed sleep history and identifying relevant differential diagnoses.
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of insomnia through a comprehensive approach.
  • Familiarise yourself with the principles of cognitive-behavioral strategies for the treatment of insomnia.
  • Develop confidence in the pharmacological management of insomnia and gain an appreciation for medical treatments used in addressing other sleep disorders.

Key areas of exploration
  • Understanding the sleep-circadian system in health.
  • Overview of sleep disorders.
  • Conducting a comprehensive sleep history.
  • Assessment of sleep-disordered breathing and guidelines for referral.
  • Evaluation of insomnia.
  • Non-pharmacological management of insomnia.
  • Pharmacological management of insomnia.
  • Assessment and management of restless legs syndrome.
  • Overview of parasomnias, excessive sleepiness, and circadian rhythm disorders.

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Target audience
This course is aimed at Psychiatrists (incl trainees), General hospital doctors, Allied health professionals, Psychologists (incl trainees), Assistant psychologists , GPs, and Academic staff requires no previous experience in sleep medicine.
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