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SLEE5101: Introduction to Sleep Medicine

This unit of study aims to develop an understanding of normal human sleep across the lifecycle and introduces common sleep disorders and sleep related breathing disorders. Normal sleep and respiratory physiology will be discussed, as well as the methods used for measurement and analysis of sleep recordings. Obstructive and central sleep apnoea and non-respiratory sleep disorders such as narcolespy, parasomnias, insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders are introduced. Current scoring guidelines for sleep stage scoring and respiratory event scoring will be explored and their practical application will be demonstrated using short examples of sleep studies. Learning will include regular short answer quizzes, as well as broader written assessments.

Code SLEE5101
Academic unit Sleep Medicine
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the major University Policies and Procedures that relate to students and the University‚Äôs Academic Honesty Policy and its application to assessments and identify the resources available to students through the Library in order to find out how to access reference material and use reference management software
  • LO2. Critique the achievements of early sleep researchers and the historical developments in sleep medicine that have led to contemporary techniques and methodology and describe how physiological measurements are recorded, discussing the pros and cons of these measurement techniques
  • LO3. Outline the cardinal measurements and criteria used for sleep staging in adults and children with a view to an understanding of the normal sleep stage patterns of infants, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly
  • LO4. Outline the cardinal measurements and criteria used for identifying respiratory events in adults and children and describe the clinical consequences linked to syndromes associated with abnormal breathing events during sleep
  • LO5. Understand the epidemiology of sleep disorders in order to appreciate the magnitude of sleep disorders in the community and their impact on public health
  • LO6. Outline the basic neural anatomy and physiology necessary for sleep and circadian processes linking these to the active processes that occur during sleep, including memory consolidation, hormonal changes, waste product removal and cell repair
  • LO7. Understand the physiology of respiration and the basics of respiratory control in order to grasp processes behind gas exchange, the oxyhaemoglobin curve
  • LO8. Distinguish the polysomnographic and clinical features of parasomnias and narcolepsy in order to appreciate the difficulties involved in their diagnosis
  • LO9. Contrast the various types of insomnia and chronic sleep deprivation and the different circadian rhythm disorders including advanced sleep phase syndrome, delayed sleep phase syndrome and shift-work disorder that are linked to inadequate sleep

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.