Sleep and circadian disturbances and disorders are highly prevalent in the United States. An estimated 35% of the adult population in the U.S. suffer from inadequate sleep duration, leading to an increase in disability, morbidity, and mortality. Sleep deprivation resulting from lifestyle factors is also common in our society, further affecting the health of U.S. adults. The most frequently diagnosed sleep disorders in adults are insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea and sleep movement disorders. Awareness of these common disorders is the first step in being able to clinically recognize such sleep disorders in patients. Healthcare providers must be aware of the health consequences of inadequate sleep and untreated sleep disorders in people they engage with in the clinical setting.
This program has been approved as non-traditional Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063.
Miranda Varrasse, MSN, RN, is a predoctoral research fellow sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Disclosure: Miranda Varrasse, RN, MSN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Amy M. Sawyer, PhD, RN
Amy M. Sawyer, PhD, RN, is an associate professor at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia and has practiced as a clinical nurse specialist in sleep disorders for the past 15 years. She conducts clinical research focused on sleep disorders in adults Disclosure: Amy M. Sawyer, PhD, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Alexa Watach, MSN, RN
Alexa Watach, MS, RN, is an experienced research assistant at the Sleep Center at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and is a doctoral student at the Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing. Disclosure: Alexa Watach, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Tammy Angeletti, RN, RRT-NPS, MS, CPFT, AE-C
Tammy M. Angeletti, RN, RRT-NPS, MS, CPFT, AE-C, is a clinical specialist in the department of respiratory care at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Children's Hospital in the pediatric ICU, pediatric intermediate care unit and pediatric general care areas. She has been involved in the care of patients with sleep disorders since 1988. Disclosure: Tammy Angeletti, RN, RRT-NPS, MS, CPFT, AE-C has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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