Course Summary

Practice Level: Advanced

Although sleep disorders can affect anyone at any age, older adults and elderly patients suffer from chronic sleep deprivation at higher rates than any other age. There are many factors that can affect an older adult’s quality of sleep, but the primary cause is that it becomes more difficult to maintain sleep as a person ages. Understanding the function of the body’s internal clock is key to recognizing sleep disorders in older patients and offering effective treatment strategies.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify recommended sleep length for elderly patients.
  • Describe the relationship between age and circadian rhythms.
  • Explain how cognitive disorders may impact sleep in elderly patients.
  • Identify how medications may impact sleep quality and quantity.

Course Syllabus

Normal Sleep Patterns
  • NREM
  • REM
Common Sleep Disorders
  • Breathing Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Circadian Rhythm Disorders
  • Limb Disorders
  • Hypersomnias
Nighttime Sleep Behaviors
  • Sleepwalking
  • Bruxism
  • REM Behavior Disorder
Sleep Disorders Secondary To Illness/Injury
  • Age-specific Contributors
  • Cognitive Disorders
Chronic Disease And Sleep Disorders
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Depression
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Inactivity
  • Pain
  • Nocturia
  • Menopause
Treatment Of Sleep Disorders
  • Behavior Modification
  • CPAP and BiPAP
  • Medication
  • Surgical Treatment


Jassin M. Jouria, MD

Jassin M. Jouria is a medical doctor, professor of academic medicine, and medical author. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and has completed his clinical clerkship training in various teaching hospitals throughout New York, including King’s County Hospital Center and Brookdale Medical Center, among others. Dr. Jouria has served as a test prep tutor and instructor for Kaplan. He has developed several medical courses and curricula for a variety of educational institutions. Dr. Jouria has also served on multiple levels in the academic field including faculty member and Department Chair. Dr. Jouria continues to serves as a Subject Matter Expert for several continuing education organizations covering multiple basic medical sciences.

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