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12th Annual UCLA Sleep Medicine Course: Sleep Disturbances Across the Life Cycle

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Physicians in all areas of medicine encounter patients who complain of disturbed sleep. The purpose of this course is to help clinicians identify and treat major sleep disorders as they present across the life cycle from childhood to older age. Pediatricians are often challenged by a variety of sleep disorders in their patients ranging from insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders to sleep apnea and sleepiness. In fact, data show that symptoms of narcolepsy first begin during adolescence, yet the majority of patients are incorrectly diagnosed or treated. Sleep disorders in pregnancy consist of restless legs syndrome, worsening of sleep apnea symptoms and insomnia. Menopause is likely to be associated with insomnia which perpetuates poor sleep into older age. Older patients sometimes present with depression and cognitive disturbances which are occasionally attributable to disturbed sleep.

Discussion of sleep problems unique to each age group will be presented including chronic insomnia, excessive sleepiness and narcolepsy, sleep apnea, parasomnias and restless legs syndrome.

A major goal of the course is to provide practitioners with current updates and clinical pearls to help them differentiate between multiple causes of sleepiness and insomnia in specific age groups, including disturbed sleep in the setting of childhood, adolescence, pregnancy, menopause and dementia.

For more information, visit the CME web site.

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