*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Sleep Patterns as We Age

This course will begin with a description of the biology and psychology of normal sleep and how sleep patterns change with age. Critical concepts described will include sleep architecture, circadian rhythm, sleep efficiency, and neuroflexibility, i.e, capacity of the brain to adjust to current situational demands. The second session will explore typical and atypical sleep disorders, beginning with respiratory sleep apnea and  various types of insomnia. During the remaining sessions, we will focus on treatments for sleep disorders including the risks associated with sleep medications. We will also examine in detail some cognitive-behavioral strategies for improving sleep.

Instructor Bio:

After obtaining a PhD in clinical psychology, Dr. DeGood spent 10 years in academic psychology doing teaching, graduate student supervision, and research in the psychophysiology of human stress. During those years, he became very interested in cognitive-behavioral self-regulation techniques for both anxiety and stress related medical disorders. In 1980, Dr. DeGood came to UVA to work in the Pain Management Center, and later in the Behavioral Medicine Center, both locations facilitating his growing interest in sleep disorders. He has provided direct psychological services to UVA Sleep Disorders Center for 15 years (1999-2014).

Recommended Reading:

National Sleep Foundation web site: www. sleepfoundation.org

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A24 Douglas DeGood Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15 We 10:00-11:30 a.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church A

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