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Sleep: The Dilemma

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Sleep:  The Dilemma

Sleep: The Dilemma

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion


Course Description

We all understand at some level the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep is vital for all mammals for physical, cognitive, emotional and social well being. A lot of the symptoms patients with persistent pain conditions experience can be directly related to their poor sleep.  In fact, research is now suggesting that poor sleep could be a driver to persistent pain as opposed to a consequence of it.

Course Objectives 

  1. To review the science including the biology of sleep, the regulation of sleep, the stages of sleep and the sleep cycle.
  2. To review the problems that people with persistent pain experience with poor sleep and insomnia,  and the research that supports the possible changes in sleep architecture and sleeps regulation that occurs with sleep problems.
  3. To increase competencies in the assessment of sleep with people who have persistent pain, including 4 assessment tools.
  4. To examine Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) is a current evidence-based treatment intervention.

A case study used throughout the webinar will make this clinically relevant and immediately applicable.


This online physiotherapy course is valuable for any health care provider who works with patients with sleep problems.  
It is important to note that helping people change their sleep can not only change their pain but also address many of the psychosocial factors in persistent pain.

What’s included in this course?

  • A workbook, which you can download and follow along throughout the course.
  • Over 1 hour of powerpoint lecture and videos led by Debbie Patterson
  • Indefinite access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • When you sign up for this course you will get a one (1) month complimentary trial with the Embodia home exercise prescription software (for new registrations only). For more information about Embodia for home exercise prescription, click here to watch a short video.
  • Certification of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content, such as the workbook can be downloaded, the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • Quizzes throughout to help you integrate the knowledge.
  • You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants (such as The Allied Health Professional Development Fund) and for tax purposes.
  • Bite-sized information: all of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • A Special Coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!


The instructors
Debbie Patterson
Registered Physiotherapist

Debbie Patterson is an orthopaedic physiotherapist with a special interest in the treatment of persistent pain. Early in her career she recognized that the medical model of physiotherapy treatment often failed people with persistent pain. This led her on a career path of learning about the current science of pain, and searching for clinical relevance in the treatment of pain.

For over 25 years her clinical practice has focused on providing evidence based treatment for persistent pain conditions, including chronic low back and neck pain, complex regional pain syndrome, phantom limb pain and fibromyalgia. She has treated pre teenage children with chronic pain conditions, teenagers, and adults.

She was a founding member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Group and later was a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, serving on the executive as Secretary for two years. Debbie is committed to postgraduate education of health care providers.

She provides courses on “Pain in Women”, “Fibromyalgia”, and "Understand the Brain to Treat Pain". She also mentors physiotherapists who are interested in developing their passion and skill in the treatment of persistent pain conditions.

Course Material included in this course
  • Background
  • Science
  • Problems
  • Feedback
  • Understanding the Patient
  • Case Study
  • Assessment
  • Feedback
  • Treatment
  • Education and Stimulus Control
  • Sleep Efficiency Training
  • Feedback
  • Conclusion
  • Post-Course Quiz
  • Conclusion
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