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SOVIE APP: Sleep & Obesity

Date of Release

Period of Validity
2/20/17 to 2/20/18

Educational Need

Obstructive sleep apnea, insufficient sleep, and obesity are common chronic health problems for children and teens.  The resulting daytime impairments of sleepiness, poor concentration, as well as the potential metabolic and cardiovascular impacts, pose a real threat to the health and safety of our youth. This presentation will examine current research that links these problems and explains the bidirectional relationship that often exists.

Obstructive sleep apnea and obesity often co-exist.  The many variables that link these conditions will be reviewed.

Chronic insufficient amounts of sleep have been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome in children as well as adults.  The mechanisms thought to be involved in this will be discussed.

The impact of sleep disturbance on hormone production (growth hormone, cortisol, melatonin, insulin, ghrelin and leptin) and metabolism will be examined

Learning Objectives
After viewing this module participants should be able to:

  1. State the mechanisms by which obesity can contribute to the development of OSA.
  2. State why OSA may contribute to obesity.
  3. Site the reasons why chronic lack of sleep may contribute to obesity.
  4. Name 3 hormones that may impact weight and how they are impacted by sleep disturbances.
  5. State an understanding of the mechanism behind OSA.
  6. Recognize the appropriate amount of sleep for children and adolescents.

Pediatric Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, Mary Nevin, Pediatric Annals, 2,10 (Oct 2013)205-10
Role of Sleep And Sleep Loss in Hormonal Release and Metabolism,  Leproult and Van Cauter, Endocrine Development, 2010:17; 11-21

The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

SCS Disclosure Statement
ACCME Standards of Commercial Support (SCS) of CME require that presentations be free of commercial bias and that any information regarding commercial products/services be based on scientific methods generally accepted by the medical community.  When discussing therapeutic options, faculty are requested to use only generic names.  If they use a trade name, then those of several companies should be used.  If a presentation includes discussion of any unlabeled or investigational use of a commercial product, faculty are required to disclose this to the participants.

Planning Committee and Author/Speaker Declarations
The ACCME Standards of Commercial Support require that presentations be free of commercial bias and that any information regarding commercial products/services be based on scientific methods generally accepted by the medical community. All of the planning committee members (listed here) have declared that they have no financial interests or relationships to disclose:

Karen Chalanick, RN, MS, PNP-BC
Julie Pietraszewski, RN, MS, CPNP
Timothy Stevens, MD

The following authors/speakers have disclosed financial interests/arrangements or affiliations with organizations that could be perceived as real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of their presentation(s).  Only the current arrangements/interests are included:

Karen Chalanick, RN, MS, PHP- BC has no financial interests or relationships to disclose

No commercial funds have been received to support this educational activity

Contact Information
For questions regarding certification or credit reports:
University of Rochester Medical Center
Center for Experiential Learning
Phone: (585) 275-7666

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Criteria for successful completion of this activity include:

  • Review the course materials
  • Completion of  the self-assessment / program evaluation*

*The self-assessment / program evaluation must be completed in one sitting.


  • Will be available for download immediately following completion of the program evaluation.
  • Participants must download and save or print certificates before exiting the course.
  • Please remember to send a copy of your certificate to your credentialing office and to keep a copy for your records.

Course Materials

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  1. Click on the Self-Assessment – Program Evaluation link and sign in.
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  4. Use the tab at the top to go back to the Thank You page and the Continue to the Post Test button appears.
  5. Complete the Post Test and Evaluation.

Self Assessment - Program Evaluation