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12th Annual UCLA Sleep Medicine Course: Sleep Disturbances Across the Life Cycle
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Activity Name: 12th Annual UCLA Sleep Medicine Course: Sleep Disturbances Across the Life Cycle
Needs Assessment: 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.

Target Audience

This course will target clinicians and healthcare providers who regularly encounter patients with sleep complaints. Given the focus this year on sleep disturbances across the life cycle of patients, the course is particularly useful to family physicians, primary care physicians, internists, pediatricians, obstetricians and gynecologists, neurologists, geriatric medicine specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other specialists who are likely to encounter patients with sleep disturbances.
Course Objectives: At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  • Formulate a practical approach for management of the major sleep disorders in adults including insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea and abnormal motor activity during sleep, including restless legs syndrome.
  • Appreciate the causes of sleepiness in children, adults and older persons.
  • Identify issues and challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea.
  • Identify the differential diagnosis of excessive daytime somnolence and recognize the specific clinical presentation of narcolepsy.
  • Recognize the diagnostic tools available in the evaluation of narcolepsy and utilize treatment modalities currently available.
Location Information
Meeting Location: Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium (NRB), UCLA Campus
Location Address: 635 Charles E. Young Drive South
Location City: Los Angeles
Location State: CA
Location Postal Code: 90095
Location Country: US
Activity Information
Start Date: 1/12/2019
End Date: 1/12/2019
Fees: $150
Meeting URL:
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Credit Information
Credit Amount: 4.25
Credit Unit: Credits
Accreditation: ACCME - Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education > AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Activity Learning Format: Live Activity
Sponsor Name: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Office of Continuing Medical Education
Sponsor Address: 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Sponsor City: Los Angeles
Sponsor State: CA
Sponsor Postal Code: 90024
Sponsor Country: US
Contact Information
Contact Name: Eloisa Ayala
Contact Address: 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Contact City: Los Angeles
Contact State: CA
Contact Postal Code: 90024
Contact Country: US
Contact Phone: 310-794-2620
Contact Email:

Type:     Live Activity
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