Sleep in Movement Disorders

Sleep in Movement Disorders
Innsbruck, Austria – July 7-8, 2016


Course DescriptionSleep in Movement Disorders takes place in Innsbruck, Austria, July 7-8, 2016.

This teaching course is designed to introduce attendants to the main and most common sleep disorders (e.g., insomnia, hypersomnia, abnormal behaviors and sounds occurring in sleep) in the setting of patients with neurodegenerative movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy, dementia with Lewy bodies).

The aim is to provide an overview of sleep in movement disorders and also to give a general review of sleep as associated with OSA, narcolepsy and physiology. Other topics include sleep disorders that can be considered themselves as being movement disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and periodic leg movements in sleep.

Participants will examine these sleep problems through interactive practical and teaching sessions given by sleep and movement specialists. Most sessions will include interviews with patients and review of polysomnograms and their synchronized audiovisual recording of these and other patients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, you should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe how to approach sleep problems in movement disorder patients through clinical history, scales, questionnaires, actigraphy, video-polysomnography and multiple sleep latency test.

  • List the main sleep problems (e.g. insomnia, hypersomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder) and management that may occur in patients with movement disorders, with special emphasis on Parkinson’s disease.

  • Diagnose idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder, its differential diagnosis and routine management and describe how idiopathic REM sleep behavior develops into a synucleinopathy with time.

  • Identify, evaluate and mange nocturnal stridor in patients with multiple system atrophy and describe the role of polysomnography and laryngoscopy in the diagnosis, and CPAP and tracheostomy in the treatment.

  • Diagnose restless legs syndrome and describe how this can be distinguished from other sensory and motor complaints occurring in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders (e.g., central pain, rigidity, motor fluctuations, dystonia, etc.)

Recommended Audience

This course is recommended for movement disorder specialists, sleep disorder specialists, general neurologists, residents and fellows who are interested in the field.


MZA Auditorium
Medizinische Universität Innsbruck
Anichstrasse 35 A – 6020
Innsbruck, Austria


Participants can make reservations at hotel “Neue Post.” Please mention the meeting with the Department of Neurology / Sleep course to receive a reduced price.

Hotel Neue Post
Maximilianstraße 15
6020 Innsbruck, Österreich
Phone: +43/(0)512/59 476-0
Fax: +43/(0)512/58 18 18