The 2-year Sleep School organized jointly by the Universities of Helsinki and Turku, in co-operation with Nordic experts, will provide overview and practical tools for phycisians, nurses, psychologists and researchers in the field of sleep medicine and sleep research. CME credits will be applied from the Universities of Helsinki and Turku.
The course combines high quality expertises in sleep research (Sleepwell research program at Helsinki University Medical Faculty) and clinical sleep medicine (Sleep and Breathing Centre at the Turku University Hospital). The teachers are internationally recognized experts on their respective fields, and experienced educatiors.The curriculum has been created and evaluated in reference with the recommendations of the EACCME.
Aims of the course: The course “Sleep medicine” will provide the participants overview on sleep medicine and practical tools for professionals and students in the field.
Target audience: Medical doctors, nurses, psychologists and other health care professionals working in fields where patients have sleep problems, as well as students and researchers of these fields.
Methods: The course is an e-learning course. The lectures will be offered through Zoom (please, see below).
Schedule: The lectures will be given once a month on Wednesday at 16.00-18.00 EEST:
Finland, Estonia, Lithuania at 16.00-18.00 (Eastern European time)
Sweden, Norway, Denmark at 15.00-17.00 (Central European time)
Iceland at 14.00-15.00 (Greenwich mean time)
- The lessons during year 2021 will cover the basic aspects of sleep and circadian rhythm physiology. The rest of the course is dedicated to the different aspects of sleep pathologies and conducts of sleep medicine.
- Time allocated for each presentation is 60 min. Legal aspects included in presentations when applicaple.
- The course is free of charge and open to those interested in sleep medicine. There is no need to register for the course.
- No exams. Upon request, you will receive a certificate of attendance in the end of the semester if you have attended the lectures. Please rename yourself in Zoom with first name + last name (do not use nickname/user ID/student number/just first name).
If you have further questions, please contact: Tiina Härkönen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the course!
Meeting ID: 694 8325 7796
- Recordings of the lectures are available until the next lecture.
You are able to see recordings by clicking the lecture name.
Curriculum spring term 2022
January 12th at 16.00-18.00 (EET)
9. Classification and epidemiology of sleep disorders.
Prof Markku Partinen
10. Clinical interview and examination of different sleep disorders.
D.Med.Sc. Juha Markkula,
MD, PhD Salla Lamusuo and
D.Med.Sc. Ulla Anttalainen
February 9th at 16.00-18.00 (EET)
11. Polysomnography, cardiorespiratory polygraphy, MSLT, MWT, actigraphy, and OSLER test.
D.Med.Sc Anniina Norrkniivilä
12. Fundamentals of clinical neuropsychopharmacology of sleep and wake, and effects of medications used in treatment of conditions other than sleep disorders, on sleep.
Prof Jarmo Hietala
March 9th at 16.00-18.00 (EET)
13. Insomnia disorder 1: Insomnia disorder from the point of primary health care.
D.Med.Sc. Elina Bergman and
D.Med.Sc. Juha Markkula.
14. Insomnia disorder 2: Mechanisms and non-pharmacological treatment of insomnia disorder. Psychologist PhD Heli Järnefelt and
D.Med.Sc. Juha Markkula
April 13th at 16.00-18.00 (EEST)
15. Insomnia disorder 3: Insomnia disorder from the point of tertiary health care: Overlap of insomnia disorder, sleep apnoea, restless legs syndrome and other sleep disorders.
D.Med.Sc. Juha Markkula
MD, PhD Salla Lamusuo (cancelled)
MD, PhD, Prof Tarja Saaresranta
16. Insomnia disorder 4: Pharmacological treatment of insomnia disorder and other sleep disorders. Prof Esa Korpi
May 11th at 16.00-18.00 (EEST))
Curriculum autumn term 2022
September 14 at 16.00-18.00 (EEST))
19. Treatment of nocturnal respiratory failure in different diseases (COPD, OHS, neuromuscular and thoracic diseases).
20. Sleep related movement disorders.
October 12th at 16.00-18.00 (EEST))
21. Central hypersomnias 1.
22. Central hypersominas 2.
November 16th at 16.00-18.00 (EET)
23. Circadian rhythm disorders.
December 14th at 16.00-18.00 (EET)
25. Sleep and sleep disorders during childhood and adolescence.
26. Sleep in adulthood and elderly.
Interdisciplinary insights into sleep and circadian rhythms
(2,5 study points, spring 2022/ period 4)
An intensive 2 week-hands-on course on sleep and circadian biology for the undergraduate students of
- Translational Medicine (Master´s program)
- Neuroscience (Master´s program)
Selection criteria: accepted MED-TOU11 Moodle course
The course consists of specialist lectures, video problems, hands-on training and small group presentations. The participants will collect data on their own circadian rhythms and sleep using actigraphs and polysomnography to learn the principles of data collection and analysis applicable to both research- and clinical work. Translational aspects will also be introduced. During the course, a small group of specific topic will be prepared and presented in the final seminar.
- the impact of insufficient sleep and circadian misalignment to health.
- the interdisciplinary nature of sleep, both as research topic and as a clinical problem.
- To be familiar with the commonly used experimental approaches in clinical- and basic research (EEG, behavioral tracking, imaging, molecular genetics, epidemiology etc.) and to critically evaluate the selection of the equipment for specific purposes.
- To be able to apply sleep and circadian knowledge in professional performance both in clinical- and in research settings.
Specialist lecture topics:
What epidemiology can and cannot offer for sleep research
Regulation of circadian rhythms
Introduction to sleep medicine
Analysis of EEG data
Polysomnography executed at home environment
Translational sleep research
Sleepwell program offers a web course on basic sleep and circadian rhythm mechanism for students at the University of Helsinki.
This course offers basic knowledge of sleep and circadian rhythms. It will address the neurobiological mechanism of brain oscillations during waking and sleep, as well as the brain areas and neurotransmitters that regulate sleep and circadian rhythms. Understanding of these basic features of sleep helps gaining understanding of the multitude of sleep-related physiological changes and conditions. The course also assess questions like why we have to sleep, what are the consequences of sleep deprivation and how sleep affects physiological functions of the body and brain, including learning and memory.
This is a web-based course that students can attend at their convenience, and for examination to obtain credits, prescribe examination at Examinarium facility.
The course consists of 15-20 min videos on twenty topics. Each topic includes a reading recommendation and a quiz of 10 questions.
Information for students:
Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology web course, 2,5 credits (MED-TOU11) consists of teaching videos and a selection of review articles on the nineteen topics of the course. The easiest way is to start with the video, if available, and then study the article, and complete the entity by taking the quiz. The questions are aimed to guide the studies, and to prepare for the final test.
Registration for the Moodle course closes on May 15, 2022. Examinarium exam can be completed until May 29th, 2022.
You can take your own university’s exam in another university’s Exam room.