About this Course

According to the NIH (National Institute of Health), “Sleep loss and sleep disorders are among the most common yet frequently overlooked and readily treatable health problems. It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity. (NHLBI, 2003). Failure to recognize sleep problems not only precludes diagnosis and treatment—it also precludes the possibility of preventing grave public health consequences.”

This course will cover both the TCM and biomedical understanding of the physiology of sleep.

  • Phases of sleep
  • The yin and yang of restorative sleep
  • The 5 spirits and their relationship to sleep
  • Sleep hygiene


We will investigate the use of acupuncture and herbal formulations for the major pathologies of sleep including:

  • Insomnia
  • Parasomnias (sleep-walking, sleep-talking, sleep paralysis, night terrors)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Circadian rhythm disorders
  • Restless leg
  • Hypersomnia

Objectives & Goals

Students will have a deeper understanding of the nature and importance of healthy sleep. They will be able to recognize pathologies of sleep and the patterns associated with them. They will explore several different approaches to the treatment of these disorders.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction and overview.
    • Personal and public health impact of lack of sleep.
  2. Biomedical view of sleep.
    • Stages of sleep, TCM view of sleep, 5 spirits
  3. Pathologies of Sleep:
    • Insomnia: patterns symptoms, acupuncture and herbal formulations
  4. Circadian Rhythm disorders:
    • symptoms and treatments
  5. Parasomnias:
    • definitions, symptoms and treatment approaches based on insomnia patterns
  6. Sleep paralysis:
    • symptoms and treatments
  7. Bruxism:
    • symptoms and treatments
  8. Restless Leg Syndrome:
    • symptoms and treatments
  9. Hypersomnias:
    • pattern differentiation, symptoms and treatment
  10. Breathing related sleep disorders:
    • Obstructive sleep apnea, snoring
  11. Conclusions, questions and answers

Presented By

Picture of Yvonne Farrell Yvonne Farrell

Estimated Time for Course Completion: 10 Hours

NCCAOM License #ACHB 553-362

This Course Contains These Type of Materials

Course Outline

Handouts & Resources

This section does not have any lessons.


This section does not have any lessons.


This section does not have any lessons.


This section does not have any lessons.

Course Evaluation & Certificates

Pin It on Pinterest