Montgomery College 2016-2017 Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
Montgomery College 2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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POSM 103 - Sleep Disorders

(TP/SS only)

A comprehensive study of sleep disorders inclusive of a comparison of the normal sleep architecture with that of the more common sleep and arousal disorders. Included are the relationships of physical and psychiatric disorders and the effects of various medications on sleep patterns and electrophysiological manifestations on the polysomnogram. PREREQUISITE(S): POSM 101  and consent of department. COREQUISITE(S): POSM 102 , POSM 104 , and POSM 105 . Three hours each week. Formerly PO 103.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Describe the nosology of sleep medicine according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders.
  • Summarize normal sleep architecture.
  • Summarize the benefits of sleep and the consequences of sleep deprivation.
  • Summarize the major categories of sleep and arousal disorders based on age-specific criteria.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of major categories of sleep and arousal disorders.
  • Explain the electrophysiological manifestations observed on the polysomnogram.
  • Describe abnormal respiratory events: apnea, hypopnea, hypoventilation, periodic breathing, Cheyne-Stokes breathing, and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS).
  • Describe the effects of various classes of medications, drugs, and alcohol on sleep patterns and breathing.
  • Explain how medical, physical, neurological and psychiatric disorders affect sleep.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of sleep disorders and how they impact normal anatomy and physiology.
  • Differentiate the clinical and electrophysiological presentation of the most commonly encountered sleep disorders in infants, children, and the elderly.
  • Recognize the characteristic polysomnographic and waveforms for each stage of sleep and epileptogenic waveforms.
  • Explain the pharmacological, mechanical, behavioral, and surgical therapeutic modalities for sleep disorders.
  • Describe the contraindications and complications of each therapeutic modality.

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