84627 - Neuropathophysiology 5 (Clinical PSG)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Fabio Pizza
  • Credits: 1
  • SSD: MED/26
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Neurophysiopathology techniques (cod. 8482)

Learning outcomes

To achieve the basic clinical features of sleep disorders in order to correctly apply and interpret polysomnography and other sleep laboratory procedures.

Course contents

1 - sleep related breathing disorders in adults and children: diagnosis and treatment

1a obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in adults and children

1b central sleep apnea syndrome (clinical subtypes, medical comorbidity, pathophysiology)

1c sleep related hypoventilation disorders

1d nocturnal stridor

1e atypical sounds during sleep


2 - Insomnia: diagnosis and treatment

2a short-term and chronic insomnia

2b non pharmacological treatment

2c pharmacological treatment


3 - Non-REM sleep parasomnias

3a arousal disorders (confusional arousal, sleepwalking, sleep terror)

3b sleep related eating disorder


4 REM sleep parasomnias 

4a nightmare disorder

4b sleep paralysis

4c REM sleep behavior disorder


5 - Sleep related hypermotor epilepsy


6 - sleep related movement disorders

6a restless legs syndrome

6b periodic limb movements during sleep

6c rhytmic movement disorders

6d propriospinal myoclonus, excessive fragmentary myoclonus, sleep starts


7 - circadian rhythm disorders

7a advanced sleep phase disorder

7b delayed sleep phase disorder

7c shift work

7d jat lag


8 - central disorders of hypersomnolence

8a assessment of excessive daytime sleepiness

8b hypersomnias related to REM sleep (narcolepsy)

8c hypersomnias correlated to non-REM sleep (idiopathic hypersomnia)

8d recurrent hypersomnia

8e insufficient sleep syndrome


American Academy of Sleep Medicine. International Classification of Sleep Disorders, 3rd ed. Darien, IL: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2014.

Teaching methods

Lessons with use of powerpoint and videos to illustrate the main clinical features of sleep disorders

Assessment methods


Teaching tools

Slide summary

Office hours

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Good health and well-being

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