DENT 6104EX - Fundamentals of Sleep Biology

External - Semester 1 - 2016

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Students are able to summarise the major causes and consequences of acute and chronic sleep deprivation, and compare the effectiveness of different treatment strategies including behavioural and pharmacological interventions; illustrate how sleep affects different systems in the body including the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems; summarise the detrimental influences of jet lag and shift work on circadian biology and the consequences on performance; list the most important measurements required to perform an overnight sleep study and explain the contribution of each measurement to describing sleep behaviour; identify the stage of sleep and the presence or absence of sleep disordered breathing from a standard polysomnographic recording; and apply understanding of the pathophysiology of sleep disordered breathing to distinguish between an appropriate or inappropriate treatment.

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