Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Health – Recording



This recorded 5 session course explains basic sleep physiology, circadian rhythms and how these affect our behavior and performance.  We all know that a bad sleep makes us cranky the next day and a flight across times zones can affect everything from our alertness in the ‘new’ daytime to giving us a funny tummy. So why does this happen? What can we do about it? Why is this important in our day to day lives?Sleep disorders are often under estimated or brushed under the carpet due to a lack of clinical knowledge and a sense of helplessness. Research shows that it is likely that up to 80% of children with ASD have significant sleep problems. By the end of this course you will understand more about why we sleep, how it is measured and assessed clinically. You will be given practical tips about managing sleep problems to optimize behavior and performance. Make sure sleep does not slip under the radar, despite being one of the big players in quality of daytime functioning.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Ceri Sutherland MBChB is a consultant anesthetist and clinical lead for the James Cook University Hospital Sleep Service in Middlesbrough, UK. She trained in Sleep Medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital Sleep Clinic (now Guy’s Sleep Disorders Centre) and the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in London. She has qualified as an Expert Somnologist with the European Sleep Research Society and has both a public and private sector client base. Ceri delivers talks about sleep to the general public, clinicians and patients and also provides behavioral sleep training. She also has a special interest in sleep and circadian rhythms in clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder.

Outline / Agenda:

Session 1: Basic neurophysiology of sleep and circadian biology
The definition of sleep
Neurotransmitters and the autonomic nervous system
Circadian and homeostatic mechanisms
Genetic influences on sleep and circadian rhythm
Changes in sleep from birth to adulthood

Session 2: Sleep deprivation and circadian misalignment
Sleep deprivation
Causes and cost to society
Effects on health and behavior
Circadian misalignment
Health consequences

Session 3: Measurement and assessment of sleep
Sleep diaries
Sleep questionnaires
Home sleep diagnostic studies
Inpatient sleep diagnostic studies

Session 4: Defining sleep disorders
Peadiatric sleep and neurodevelopment
Obstructive and central sleep apnea
Restless legs
Circadian rhythm disorders

Session 5: Approaches to sleep problems
Where to begin- the sleep history
Practical tips for behavioural approaches to sleep disorders
Medications and sleep disorders

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

Session 1:
Name the major neurotransmitters associated with wakefulness      and sleep
Name the three states of consciousness and their significance
Name the most significant zeitgeber
Understand sleep homeostasis and circadian control of sleep

Session 2:
Remember average 24-hour sleep times for different age groups
Understand what faculties are most affected by sleep loss
Explain the effects of sleep loss on behavior

Session 3:
Recall the main pediatric and adult sleep assessment questionnaires
Explain which diagnostic tests are used at home at which in hospital
Fill out and use the sleep diary

Session 4:
Name four sleep disorders
Name the tests used for these disorders
Name the AASM or WHO recommended treatment options

Session 5:
Take a sleep history
Use age appropriate behavioral techniques for insomnia
Understand the pros and cons of melatonin
Understand the impact of other medications on sleep

Certificate of Attendance will be provided

Provider Name: 
Maude Le Roux Academy
9 LaCrue Avenue, Suite 103, Glen Mills, PA, 19342
Phone: 484-840-1529
Fax: 484-840-1560

Special Needs Accommodation: 
We invite anyone who may need a specific accommodation to contact and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We do provide online PowerPoint for download should you require larger print and we do wear specialized headphones to best accommodate for a clear audio message.

Course Completion Requirement:
To receive your certificate upon completion, which includes Contact Hours, you must complete the course evaluation feedback form within 1 week of completion of the course.

Cancellation policy:
Payment is due in full with registration through PayPal and is non-refundable. The course is accessed through the website as many times as you would need for a period of 4 weeks starting from the date of payment.

Please contact if you encounter any technical difficulties.

Maude and Charl Le Roux own the Maude Le Roux Academy and thus the proceeds of this course will cover operational expenses, including the speaker fee, as well as provide income for Maude and Charl Le Roux.


Additional information

Course Type:

Single Course – Recording



Target Audience:

Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapists, Teachers, Physicians, Nurses, Parents and Care-takers of those with learning, developmental and behavioral challenges

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Instructional Methods:

PowerPoint, Question/Answer


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