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About the Symposium

Despite increased education and public awareness, sleep disorders remain highly prevalent impacting over 70 million Americans. Innovations in technology, pharmacotherapy and sleep and circadian basic and translational research are transforming sleep medicine care. Our 10th Cleveland Clinic symposium “Wake Up to Sleep Disorders 2019: A Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center Update” will focus on emerging therapies and new perspectives that will bring together a diverse panel of experts to introduce cutting-edge treatments and innovative research, behavioral sleep medicine, and the expanding landscape of sleep technology.

This 2-day program will highlight new technologies and pharmacotherapies for the diagnosis and treatment of narcolepsy and related disorders, advances in sleep apnea care delivery and hypoglossal nerve stimulation, and novel perspectives including sleep and circadian influences on metabolism and obstructive sleep apnea phenotyping. For the first time, we will explore behavioral aspects of sleep medicine including the role of motivational strategies and ethical considerations in sleep medicine. Throughout the program, innovations in sleep technology including the use of sleep trackers featuring a patient panel, novel measurements of drowsiness, and advanced polysomnography for complex patients, pediatric populations and hospital sleep medicine will be discussed. Please join us for this exciting and interactive program.

Target Audience

This symposium is intended for physicians, technologists, nursing providers and other health care practitioners in the fields of Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Neurology, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Pulmonary, Psychiatry, Psychology and Sleep Medicine who provide care to patients with sleep disorders.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Review recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of hypersomnia disorders inclusive of narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia and insufficient sleep syndrome with a focus on emerging technologies for assessing daytime sleepiness and new advances in pharmacological management of hypersomnia.
  • Explore behavioral strategies to help assess and manage sleep disorders including motivational enhancement to improve PAP adherence, circadian considerations including the use of actigraphy and impact of sleep and circadian alignment on appetite and weight, and the adaptation of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia for more complex patient populations.
  • Recognize technological advances in the screening, monitoring and treatment of sleep symptoms including the role of sleep apps, sleep trackers, and telemedicine as well as gaining insights into the patient experience of utilizing sleep technology.
  • Review the pathophysiologic aspects of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea, strategies to facilitate screening, diagnosis, and management, including the role for neuromodulation.
  • Describe advanced polysomnographic practices with special focus on pediatrics, advanced PAP titrations, and sleep related movements/behaviors, as well as providing hands on experiences for common sleep lab experiences.


Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center

Established in 1978, Cleveland Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center was among the first in the nation dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in people of all ages. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Cleveland Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center is staffed by physicians specializing in sleep disorders from a variety of disciplines, including pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, pulmonary and critical care medicine, psychology, psychiatry, otolaryngology and family medicine. More than 15,000 sleep studies are performed each year.