The Mystery of Sleep: How Nurses Can Help the Elderly - CMEZ239-17

The Mystery of Sleep: How Nurses Can Help the Elderly

by Terry Cralle, MS, RN, CPHQ
(4.6 / 12 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Sufficient, quality sleep is critical for the health, well-being and quality of life. Sleeping difficulties affect as many as 50% of older adults contributing to functional limitations and loss of independence, as well as increased morbidity and mortality in this population. All too often, sleep difficulties and disorders in older adults are erroneously considered an inevitable part of aging and go unaddressed, unrecognized, undiagnosed, undertreated, or untreated in this age group. Sleep difficulties should not be assumed to be an inherent part of the aging process. This educational activity will enhance your ability to identify sleep-related problems, correct misconceptions about sleep, provide sleep management patient education and make appropriate referrals to sleep specialists.


The goal of this sleep continuing education program is to increase nurses’ ability to improve sleep quality in older patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the physiology and stages of sleep
  • Differentiate age-related and pathological changes in sleep
  • Discuss strategies designed to enhance sleep among older patients

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 9/18/2000
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/6/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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John M - Sarasota, FL  ·  Jan 30, 2019
This course was a good review.
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William M - Naples, FL  ·  Dec 12, 2018
Comprehensive and nicely presented.
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Devon S - St Petersburg, FL  ·  Nov 27, 2018
Great course! Learned much about sleep and how to help as a provider.
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KELLY S - Brookhaven, PA  ·  Aug 30, 2018
Great information on sleep
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Shannon L - Peoria, AZ  ·  Apr 17, 2018
it was informative and will help me with my job
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50