Science of Sleep

Estimated Completion Time: 30 Hours


This course will develop a foundational understanding of the concepts surrounding sleep and sleep breathing disorders, by providing learners with an introduction to the history of sleep, the anatomy, physiology and neurobiology of sleep, as well as insight into the pathophysiology and treatment of respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders in adult and paediatric populations.

Course structure

This course consists of 6 modules and a final exam. Each module includes approximately 5 lectures of duration ranging from 20-60 minutes followed by a 30-minute quiz.

  1. Introduction to sleep
  2. Anatomy, physiology & regulation of sleep
  3. Respiratory sleep disorders & their treatment
  4. Treatment of respiratory sleep disorders
  5. Non-respiratory sleep disorders & their treatment
  6. Paediatric sleep disorders
  7. BONUS MODULE: Interpreting sleep research literature.
    This module will be available for viewing when purchasing Science of Sleep or Measurement of Sleep courses.  The information provided is helpful when reading sleep research literature but the content of this module is not assessed in the quizzes or final exam.

This course is aimed at:

  • Scientists, pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, dentists or physicians already working in the field who are looking to consolidate their knowledge in sleep and better understand what they are doing and why they are doing it
  • Anyone interested in working in the sleep science field who is wanting a university-level, evidence-based, education which will make them more competitive for career opportunities
  • Anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the science of sleep and sleep disorders

Course entry prerequisites

Assumed high-level knowledge is not a requirement as anyone who has completed a high school level of education can take this course. However, those with a tertiary-level background in anatomy and/or physiology may find some elements of the course easier than those without.