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Just Breathe 101: Sleep Apnea and the Consequences

Just Breathe 101: Sleep Apnea and the Consequences

Just Breathe 101: Sleep Apnea and the Consequences

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Certificate of completion
The instructors
This course was recorded in September 2020


Sleep is a very important component of life!  

How we sleep will dictate how we manage in the waking hours. 

Fatigue, chronic pain, and poor recovery from injury can all be involved with poor sleep and sleep apnea.  This course will discuss the two types of sleep apnea; Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A detailed discussion of the physiology of breathing during sleep and control of breathing during sleep will be presented.  The causes and treatment of Central Sleep Apnea will be examined.  Obstructive sleep apnea risk factors, causes, and treatments including specific exercises will be outlined.


In this online course, we will:

  • Learn about the Sleep Apnea AHI index
  • Review the sleep stages
  • Understand the control of breathing during sleep
  • Review the physiology and anatomy of sleep apnea
  • Learn about the Central Sleep Apnea causes and treatments
  • Learn about the Obstructive Sleep Apnea risk factors and mechanics
  • Discuss the history and present studies on sleep apnea prevalence
  • Learn approaches to the resolution of sleep apnea, exercises


Course Objectives:

  1. Name and describe the different types of sleep apnea.
  2. Describe the three levels of the Apnea-hypopnea index AHI.
  3. List five symptoms of sleep apnea.
  4. List two treatments for sleep apnea.


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This course is part of the 'Just Breathe 101' series, which is designed for professionals that teach the technical biomechanics of the rib cage and the whole track is more treatment-oriented. 

The instructors
Debra Dent
BPT Dip Manip PT OCS (Emeritus) FCAMPT (Retired)

Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with over 40 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelors of Physical Therapy in 1979. She was certified as a Part A manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994. United States APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and in 2016 she was recertified Emeritus.

Debra was a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT) from 1994 until retiring in 2019. She was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1989 to 1994. She has been a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MscPT undergraduate program and has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the US and Canada. She has numerous online seminars related to Differential Diagnosis, Breathing Essentials and Foundation Form Function of the core that are available for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Chiropractors.

She owns Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Clearwater, Florida.

Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction
  • Introduction and Objectives
  • Sleep Details
  • Initial Sleep Details
  • Central Sleep Apnea
  • Types of Central Sleep Apnea
  • Epidemiology of Central Sleep Apnea
  • Pathophysiology of Central Sleep Apnea
  • Symptoms and Treatment of Central Sleep Apnea
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Mechanics
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
  • Sleep Apnea Exercises
  • Exercises
  • Blowing up a Balloon
  • Sleep Apnea Quiz
  • Sleep Apnea Quiz
  • What's Next
  • Continue learning with Debra Dent
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