Describes the stages, cycling, and circadian rhythms of sleep. Cites evidence connecting sleep deprivation and sleep disorders to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and dementia. Lists the major sleep medications with their uses and adverse effects. Describes the connection between dental pain and sleep disruption. Cites the diagnostic criteria, symptoms, course, and treatment for the major sleep disorders. Describes how the information in this course can be utilized to improve patient care and patient outcomes. Describes, for this course, the implications for dentistry, mental health, nursing, and other healthcare professions.