Non-Respiratory Sleep Disorders (SLEE5013)


Aims:To understand the range of parasomnias and their classification; to understand the way in which neurological disorders in a range of systems can influence sleep. Content: Parasomnias I: Parasomnias are disorders of arousal, partial arousal and sleep transition. This module will discuss arousal disorders and sleep-wake transition disorders, such as sleep walking and rhythmic movement disorder. Parasomnias II: This module continues the discussion of the range of parasomnias including those associated with REM sleep such as REM behaviour disorder and other parasomnias such as bruxism. Degenerative Disorders: This section discusses the sleep effects of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and dementia, which also relates to the REM sleep disorders introduced in the Parasomnias II module. Restless Legs Syndrome and Other Disorders: This module discusses the sleep disturbances that involve the control of movement during sleep and include abnormalities in the amount of movement, loss of control of movement and abnormal forms of movement.

Further unit of study information


~3.5 hours online lectures over 1 semester plus directed reading and independent study


1xonline quiz (30%), 1xexam (70%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.