A to ZZZs: Sleep and Sleep Disorders in College Students
Program Description: Sleep issues, including chronic insufficient sleep related to environmental factors and a variety of sleep disorders, are highly prevalent in college students. Poor sleep impacts not only academic performance but also mental and physical health, safety, including risk-taking behaviors such as alcohol and substance use, and athletic performance. Common sleep disorders in this population include excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and sleep apnea. This conference is designed to provide college health professionals with the tools and skills needed to identify and manage sleep problems in the campus setting. Prevention strategies, including sleep education and sleep-friendly health policies will also be discussed. Interactive workshops in managing a range of sleep issues in specific populations will also be presented.
Target Audience: Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, school psychologists, and administrators affiliated with health services at independent boarding schools, colleges & universities.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
Describe the impact that sleep and sleep disorders have on health, safety and performance in college students
Outline a systematic approach to screening for, diagnosing and managing common sleep disorders in young adults, including hypersomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, insomnia and sleep apnea
Identify the bi-directional influences of mental health issues, substance and alcohol use, and medical co-morbidities on sleep in young adults
Identify elements of a healthy school/campus culture
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