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Beyond Counting Sheep – Re-imagining the Treatment of Insomnia in Primary Care


1.5 hrs



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Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder and affects a large portion of the Canadian population on a recurrent or chronic basis. Insomnia is associated with significant adverse health outcomes, including a reduction in quality of life, physical and psychological health. Although primary care clinicians commonly see these patients in their practice, some are unsure of the optimal method of insomnia management. This lesson will review the evidence-based recommendations to manage insomnia in practice.

This program has received an unrestricted educational grant or in-kind support from Sunovion Pharmaceutical Canada.

This Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ Credit(s).

Developed in collaboration with the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC).


Andre Belanger, MD, CFPC

Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP

Atul Khullar, MD MSc FRCPC (Psychiatry) DABPN (Cert. Sleep Medicine)

Christine Palmay, HBArtSci, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Upon completion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  • Outline a method to effectively assess the medical and functional impairment impact of insomnia for patients with persistent complaints of sleep disturbances.
  • Evaluate and prioritize the management of insomnia by reviewing the impact of comorbidities such as major depressive disorder and anxiety.
  • Individualize non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments for a patient with insomnia based on clinical presentation.
  • Determine the utility of sleep studies and proper referral to sleep specialists in insomnia treatment.