70998 - Parasomia and Sleep Movement Disorder

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 8415)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 8415)

Learning outcomes

The students will be able to recognize all the most important sleep-disorders, understanding their physiopathology, ethiology, main clinical features and treatment.

Course contents

Physiological and pathological movements during sleep.

NREM Parasomnias

REM Parasomnias

Sleep-related epilepsy

Fatal Familial Insomnia and Agrypnia Excitata



1: Turrini A, Raggi A, Calandra-Buonaura G, Martinelli P, Ferri R, Provini F. Not only limbs in atypical restless legs syndrome. Sleep Med Rev. 2017 Apr 4. pii:

2: Chiaro G, Calandra-Buonaura G, Sambati L, Cecere A, Ferri C, Caletti MT, Cortelli P, Provini F. Hypnic jerks are an underestimated sleep motor phenomenon
in patients with parkinsonism. A video-polysomnographic and neurophysiological study. Sleep Med. 2016;26:37-44.

3: Tinuper P, Bisulli F, Cross JH, Hesdorffer D, Kahane P, Nobili L, Provini F, Scheffer IE, Tassi L, Vignatelli L, Bassetti C, Cirignotta F, Derry C, Gambardella A, Guerrini R, Halasz P, Licchetta L, Mahowald M, Manni R, Marini C,
Mostacci B, Naldi I, Parrino L, Picard F, Pugliatti M, Ryvlin P, Vigevano F, Zucconi M, Berkovic S, Ottman R. Definition and diagnostic criteria of sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy. Neurology. 2016;86(19):1834-42.

4: Antelmi E, Provini F. Propriospinal myoclonus: The spectrum of clinical and neurophysiological phenotypes. Sleep Med Rev. 2015;22:54-63.

5: Nobili L, Proserpio P, Combi R, Provini F, Plazzi G, Bisulli F, Tassi L, Tinuper P. Nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2014;14(2):424.

6: Provini F. Agrypnia excitata. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2013;13(4):341.

7: Guaraldi P, Calandra-Buonaura G, Terlizzi R, Montagna P, Lugaresi E, Tinuper P, Cortelli P, Provini F. Oneiric stupor: the peculiar behaviour of agrypnia excitata. Sleep Med. 2011;12 Suppl 2:S64-7.

8: Lugaresi E, Provini F, Cortelli P. Agrypnia excitata. Sleep Med. 2011;12 Suppl 2:S3-10.

9: Vetrugno R, Provini F, Montagna P. Isolated motor phenomena and symptoms of sleep. Handb Clin Neurol. 2011;99:883-99.

10: Lugaresi E, Provini F. Fatal familial insomnia and agrypnia excitata. Rev Neurol Dis. 2007 Summer;4(3):145-52.

11: Högl B, Zucconi M, Provini F. RLS, PLM, and their differential diagnosis--a video guide. Mov Disord. 2007;22 Suppl 18:S414-9. Erratum in: Mov Disord. 2008

12: Tinuper P, Provini F, Bisulli F, Vignatelli L, Plazzi G, Vetrugno R, Montagna P, Lugaresi E. Movement disorders in sleep: guidelines for differentiating epileptic from non-epileptic motor phenomena arising from sleep. Sleep Med Rev.

Teaching methods

Lectures. Clinical cases and video-polysomnograhic findings presentations.

Assessment methods

The final vote of the Course is obtained by an oral examination with questions on the main topics of the program.

Teaching tools

Lectures. Clinical cases and video-polysomnographic recordings presentations.

Office hours

See the website of Federica Provini


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.