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Sleep Disorders: An Integrative Approach

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe sleep disorders and conventional as well as integrative treatment approaches for sleep disorders. The primary types of sleep disorders, methods of diagnosing sleep conditions, conventional treatments, and integrative approaches will be presented.
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Sleep disorders are very common complaints and they include difficulty falling asleep, early awakening, and interrupted sleep. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only one-third of adults say they get enough sleep every night. The primary types of sleep disorders, methods of diagnosing sleep conditions, conventional treatments, and integrative approaches to sleep disorders will be presented.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the scope of sleep disorders in the United States.
  • Explain the cycles of sleep.
  • Discuss the types of sleep disorders.
  • Describe signs and symptoms of sleep related disorders.
  • Describe methods used to diagnose sleep disorders.
  • List conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis process.
  • Discuss conventional treatment approaches to sleep disorders.
  • Examine integrative approaches to sleep disorders.
  • List three ways to increase awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep disorders.

Barbara is a mother of three young teenagers. Every morning she turns off the alarm at 6 a.m. to get herself ready for work and her children ready for school. She has a full-time job, plus a part-time job to help make ends meet. When she leaves her full-time job, she often finds herself grocery shopping, taking her children to and from school activities, or running other errands. Several days a week she leaves one job and goes to her part-time job. By the time she ends her day (usually later than 10 p.m.), she is exhausted. On weekends, she tries to “catch up” on her sleep but finds this is not always possible.

Barbara’s story is typical of millions of Americans who find that they’re getting less sleep than they used to. Yet the body needs proper sleep to restore itself. All major bodily systems depend on sleep to function properly; lack of sleep can result in decreased immune response, cognitive function, and motor coordination (Weiner, 2010).

Fatigue-related human errors have been linked to many historic tragedies, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the NASA Challenger shuttle explosion. Examples like these show why it’s important to understand the biology of sleep and its connection to safety and quality of life (National Sleep Foundation, 2006).


Since the beginning of recorded time, people have been plagued by sleep disorders. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, wrote about sleep often and used sleeping patterns to diagnose illness.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

July 11, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.