Aims: To understand the pharmacological basis of effects of different classes of drugs on sleep; to become familiar with drugs used therapeutically in various aspects in sleep medicine. Content: Drugs That Alter Sleep: This module introduces the types of prescription drugs that disturb sleep or waking function and may affect sleep disordered breathing. Hypnotics: This module looks at drugs with hypnotic-sedative effects, their effects on sleep and uses in sleep medicine. Stimulants: Drugs that increase arousal, motor activity and alertness will be examined in terms of their physiological action and uses in sleep medicine. Drugs of Addiction: A number of drugs of abuse and addiction, including nicotine and alcohol will be examined in relation to their effects on the sleep cycle and relevance to sleep medicine.
~2.5 hours online lectures over 1 semester plus directed reading and independent study
1xonline quiz (50%), 1xexam (50%)