Presenter: Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD

Program description:

Stress levels in 2020 are significantly increased compared with previous years (1). This can largely be attributed to COVID-19 and its accompanying social and financial pressures. In turn, increased stress impacts sleep and results in sleep loss and sleep disorders.

Lack of sleep impacts nearly every key indicator of health, and both temporary sleep disruption and chronic insomnia have been shown to have wide-ranging negative effects on cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, and nervous systems.

This 1.5 hour interactive webinar for primary care providers will focus on nutritional interventions for re-establishing normal sleep in patients suffering from insomnia.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss non-pharmacological approaches to treating insomnia in a time of increased anxiety and social disruption.
  2. Evaluate claims for potential health benefits or adverse effects for nutritional supplements commonly used as sleep aids.
  3. Identify specific comorbidities and medications which may impact insomnia, and nutritional support strategies for improved patient outcomes.

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This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits.