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Understanding Sleep and Its Role in Health and Safety

  • Authors: Andrew D. Krystal, MD, MS
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 5/31/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 5/31/2023, 11:59 PM EST
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for a US and European audience of primary care physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists, and nurses.

The goal of this activity is for the learner to better be able to recognize the importance of sleep and appreciate the potential consequences of prolonged periods of poor sleep quality.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Mechanisms responsible for sleep in humans
    • Physiologic function of sleep in humans
    • Consequences of prolonged poor sleep in humans


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  • Andrew D. Krystal, MD, MS

    Ray and Dagmar Dolby Distinguished Professor
    Department of Psychiatry
    Director, Clinical and Translational Sleep Research Program
    Vice Chair for Research, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Weill Institute for Neurosciences
    University of California San Francisco
    San Francisco, California
    United States


    Consultant or advisor for: Adare; Angelini; Attune; Axsome Therapeutics; Big Health; Eisai; Evecxia; Ferring Pharmaceuticals; Galderma; Harmony Biosciences; Idorsia; Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Jazz Pharmaceuticals; Millenium Pharmaceuticals; Merck; Neurocrine Biosciences; Neurawell; Pernix; Otsuka Pharmaceuticals; Sage; Takeda
    Research funding from: Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Neurocrine Biosciences
    Stocks options from: Big Health


  • Katherine Carpenter, PhD

    Medical Education Director, WebMD Global, LLC


    Disclosure: Katherine Carpenter, PhD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Advisor or consultant for: Eisai, GW Pharmaceuticals

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    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


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Understanding Sleep and Its Role in Health and Safety

Authors: Andrew D. Krystal, MD, MSFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 5/31/2022

Valid for credit through: 5/31/2023, 11:59 PM EST


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