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Sleep Treatment


Three lectures describe the difference between baseline sleep habits compared to sleep disorders, how best to treat TBI and PTSD, and why treating inflammation and tick-borne infections enhance quality of sleep.

Up to 4.5 CME Credits
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  • Length: This eLecture package is 4.5 hours.
Treat Underlying Causes to Treat Sleep

Sleep is assumed to have a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week relationship with human lifestyle, nutrition, and disease. Therefore, providers who treat sleep disorders and promote good sleep hygiene will be attending to the underlying causes of signs and symptoms in their patients. In this package of lectures, you will learn the difference between baseline sleep habits compared to sleep disorders, how to best treat veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and why treating inflammation and tick-borne infections enhances the quality of sleep and decreases disease.

The eLectures included are:

Lecture Description Educator(s)
Bridging Sleep Medicine With Functional Medicine: Targeting Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Circadian Disorder, and REM Disorders With a Functional Approach As Jose Colon, MD, MPH, points out from his own educational and clinical experience, sleep typically goes unaddressed in common medical practices. Yet sleep can often be a precipitating factor in disease and illness. Accordingly, Dr. Colon provides evidence-based medicine to illustrate what "normal" sleep is in contrast to "abnormal" sleep. He outlines multiple manifestations of sleep disorders in the human body—from sleep apnea to the mimicry of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to obesity to poor relationships. Dr. Colon recommends screening for sleep disorders as a common practice. Jose Colon, MD, MPH
Wounded in Action: Sleep Medicine for the Veteran Population Compared to the average population, veterans tend to have more chronic diseases and sleep disturbances. In this video, three experts explain the scientific evidence for the most effective approach to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), trauma-associated sleep disorders (TSD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One recommendation by the panel is for a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach that creates psychological flexibility through a non-judgmental posture toward one?s thoughts, feelings, and memories. Therapies can augment these thoughts, feelings, and memories with healthy behaviors, experiences, and events to precipitate neuroplasticity. Henri Roca, MD

J. Vincent Roca, PhD

German Ghena Grinshpun, DO
Addressing Sleep Disorders, Endotoxicity, and Oxidative Stress Through Therapeutic Exercise, Dietary Intervention, and Nutrition Due to climate change, bird migration, and human travel and migration, Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are a global epidemic. However, the general medical community has relatively little understanding about Lyme and its manifestations. In this presentation, Richard Horowitz, MD, connects the basics of Lyme disease to sleep and health. He recommends that providers attend to inflammation as the major cause of sleep disorders. Addressing cytokines, including infections that increase cytokines, will reduce the severity of sleep disorders. Richard Horowitz, MD

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Additional Information

CME Information

To earn CME credit, you must complete a pre-course and a post-course survey, as well as achieve 80% or higher on the post-course test within 3 attempts.

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The Institute for Functional Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

MD/DO: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Osteopathic Association has approved IFM’s courses for Preventive Medicine certification within the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine.

ND: Generally, naturopathic state licensing boards accept continuing education courses accredited through the ACCME. Please contact your state naturopathic board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

Nurse: For the purpose of re-certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), contact hours approved through ACCME are accepted. Please contact your state nursing board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

PA: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts all continuing education credits from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Please contact your state physician assistant board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

RD: The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) did not pre-approve this course. Pre-approval is not required for ACCME-accredited courses. CDR automatically accepts continuing education credits obtained from ACCME-accredited organizations. Please check with your state licensing board to inquire if prior approval by CDR is required to obtain continuing education credits for an activity despite this circumstance.

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Statement of Need

Chronic diseases are rapidly becoming a large share of the total expenditure for both governments and individuals. A new approach to the prevention and management of chronic diseases is required to stem this rising tide of disability and mortality. Functional Medicine provides a model that honors the evidence base and targeted efficacy of the acute care model while also incorporating new medical science and traditional methods that, when taken together, more appropriately address the root causes of chronic disease.

Release and Termination Date

Release Date: Dec 30, 2016
Last Reviewed Date: Dec 30, 2016
Termination Date: Dec 30, 2019

These lectures were originally recorded at IFM’s 2016 Annual Conference. The eLecture is available as asynchronous CME for those who did not claim CME at the original conference.

Delivery and Return Policy

  • Your eLecture will be delivered electronically to your online account directly upon purchase.
  • You will have access to the course for 1 year from the date of purchase.
  • The eLecture bundle consists of streaming videos and supporting resources.

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