Identifying and Managing Sleep Issues in Primary Care

Identifying and Managing Sleep Issues in Primary Care

CME Information



It is estimated that about 70 million people in the United States suffer from chronic sleep problems. Lack of sleep is associated with injuries, chronic and mental illnesses, lower quality of life, loss of productivity, and higher economic burden. Moreover, sleep problems contribute to the development of several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. It’s important that primary care clinicians recognize, diagnose, and treat the different sleep-related problems that might affect their patient’s quality of life and reduce the chronic consequences of these disorders. Primary care clinicians are the gatekeepers in health care and recognizing the key sleep disorders may help increase the number of correct diagnoses and reduce the misuse of medications.

Modules in this activity include:

  1.  How to Treat Insomnia with Medication
  2.  Who and How to Screen for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  3.  Treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement
  4.  How to Diagnose Narcolepsy


After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Describe the categories of medications for insomnia and customize treatment according to the patient’s characteristics
  • Identify patients at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and provide guidance during screening
  • Outline diagnostic criteria and treatment options for patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS) or periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD)
  • Identify and screen patients at risk for narcolepsy utilizing appropriate screening tools


This internet, enduring activity will be available for one year, beginning December 16, 2021 through December 16, 2022.

Accreditation – AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Primary Care Network is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Primary Care Network designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for Category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 0.75 hour of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

All other healthcare professionals will be issued a certificate of participation.

American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.75 Medical Knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through PCN’s ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

Activity provided by Primary Care Network.

This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.

Published December 16, 2021