Sleep-related disorders affect between 50 and 70 million Americans of all ages. A core symptom of sleep disturbances is excessive sleepiness, or difficulty maintaining wakefulness and an intense drive for sleep even under inappropriate circumstances. Excessive sleepiness can have far-reaching personal and societal impact including impaired interpersonal relationships, loss of productivity and increased rates of accidents. Isolating the etiology of excessive sleepiness is challenging for primary care practitioners, as this condition is associated not only with sleep-related disorders, but myriad other illnesses including neurologic, psychiatric and general medical conditions. This activity will provide practical strategies for the recognition and diagnosis of excessive sleepiness and will enable clinicians to implement an appropriate management plan that may include nonpharmacologic, pharmacologic, and specialty referral as options.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
Utilize a multidimensional treatment approach to excessive daytime sleepiness
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of family practitioners and primary care providers involved in the management of patients with sleep disorders.
Michael J. Thorpy, MD Sleep-Wake Disorders Center Professor of Neurology Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, New York
Karl Doghramji, MD Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This activity is sponsored by Primary Care Education.