All of us have had a lifetime of personal experience with the phenomenon of sleep, either hitting the snooze button as teenagers, burning the midnight oil as busy professionals, or rocking a fussy baby to sleep as parents. It does not require any special expertise to appreciate the importance of sleep quantity and quality for our health and well-being, and it is easy to understand how sleep disorders can have a significant impact on functioning.
This learning program is designed to introduce you to narcolepsy, one of the most severe conditions associated with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). The program begins with a brief overview of the epidemiology of narcolepsy, followed by a detailed description of its clinical presentation. The program will conclude with an explanation of the pathophysiology underlying this condition.
Upon completion of this learning program, you will be able to::
Discuss the incidence, prevalence, and demographics of narcolepsy.
Identify and describe the signs and symptoms of narcolepsy.
Describe the functioning of the sleep-wake switch and how it is altered with narcolepsy.
Explain the autoimmune hypothesis underlying narcolepsy pathophysiology.
THE IMPACT OF NARCOLEPSY
What Is Narcolepsy?
Clinical Definition of Narcolepsy
Incidence and Prevalence
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Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
The Sleep–Wake Switch
The Sleep–Wake Switch and Narcolepsy
Hypocretin or Orexin Deficiency
The Autoimmune Hypothesis
TEST YOUR ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE
END OF PROGRAM
This course is accredited for continuing education (CE) by the following organizations:
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
CPD Hours: 1