We spend roughly one third of our lives sleeping, but what exactly happens while we sleep and why is this important to understand in patients who present to us? Evidence shows that sleep insufficiency is associated with increased frequency and intensity of pain and increased pain sensitivity, impaired mental and cardiovascular health and poor motor performance. Understanding what occurs during sleep can help the clinician understand why patients may present with increased pain, impaired cognition or mood. This session will dive into the anatomy and phases of sleep and how sleep insufficiency contributes to certain patient presentations.
Presenter: Mark Shepherd, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will:
- Recognize the phases of sleep.
- Identify the link between sleep and body system functions.
- Distinguish how sleep insufficiency plays a role in pain, motor performance and mental health.
CE: Online courses are approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners only. We are happy to provide each registrant with documentation needed to submit for approval to their own licensing board for individual approval.