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Digital Seminar

The Healing Power of Sleep: Practical Tools to Enhance Recovery, Health & Learning

Shelly Denes, PT, CFPS, C/NDT, CGCP
Approx. 3 Hours
Jun 17, 2024
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In the hustle of addressing immediate physical and cognitive impairments, the profound influence of sleep on patient recovery fades into the background. This oversight is a missed opportunity to enhance patient outcomes, especially in managing chronic conditions, pain, and the complexities of aging.

Through this training, you’ll explore sleep through the lens of rehabilitation and learn to integrate sleep assessment and intervention into your treatment plan. Discover:

  • How sleep supports the restorative healing process, memory consolidation, and strengthens immune system
  • Practical ‘sleep hygiene’ tactics for patients in any setting
  • Actionable insights for various patient populations: aging adults, athletes, chronic pain, and more!
  • Ways to navigate common misconceptions about age-related sleep changes

Finish with enhanced clinical reasoning, tools to improve treatment outcomes and lifelong health benefits for a long-lasting impact on your patients’ health and your own professional and personal well-being.

Watch this transformative training to redefine patient care through the power of sleep!


Planning Committee Disclosure - Relevant relationships

Dr. Danny Porcelli is an independent contractor presenter with RockTape USA. His relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company has been mitigated.
All other members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the remaining committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - CE Information Coming Soon

Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Shelly Denes, PT, CFPS, C/NDT, CGCP, is an expert in fall prevention and neuro-rehab with more than 25 years of experience treating patients with hemiplegia, neuromuscular disorders, TBI, and SCI. She has a special interest in COVID-19 ‘Long Haulers’ and advanced technology. She had been involved extensively with neuroprosthetic devices, lower extremity orthotics, and exoskeletons at the Rehab Institute of Michigan.

Ms. Denes travels nationally to present seminars on fall prevention and geriatric rehabilitation. Additionally, her expertise has been presented through expert witness work, both nationally and locally. Ms. Denes is a graduate of University of Michigan’s PT program, and she earned her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment for Adult Hemiplegia (NDT) at The Rehab Institute of Chicago. She helped create the certifications of ‘Fall Prevention Specialist’ and a ‘Geriatric Care Professional’ with Evergreen Certifications and sits on their advisory board.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Michel Janet (Shelly) Denes is the owner of Denes Physical Therapy Consulting LLC. She is a consultant with Experts in Therapy LLC and previously with NewGait™. She receives a speaking honorarium from Motivations, Inc. Michel Janet (Shelly) Denes receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Michel Janet (Shelly) Denes is an advisory board member for Evergreen Certifications.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

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  1. Identify the four stages of sleep and the role of circadian rhythms in sleep regulation.
  2. Utilize effective sleep hygiene practices and management strategies tailored to individual needs.
  3. Correlate the principles of good sleep with overall health improvement, learning enhancement, and athletic performance.



  • Four stages of sleep and their importance
  • Understanding of our circadian rhythms and their impact of sleep
  • Sexual differences
  • Ethnic differences
  • The overlooked role of sleep in healthcare


  • Cognitive health and sleep deprivation
  • Effects on metabolic and cardiovascular disorders
  • The immune system & sleep deprivation
  • Innate system
  • Adaptive system
  • Influences on the musculoskeletal system
  • Relationship to infection, cancer and, chronic Inflammation


  • Changes in sleep patterns with aging, and common misconceptions
  • Circadian rhythm adjustments in the elderly
  • Sleep variations in specific conditions:
    • Metabolic and CVD
    • Cancer
    • Infections
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Psychiatric disorders
    • Depress
    • Obesity
  • Special considerations: Sleep in retirement


  • Impact of sleep on chronic pain
  • Medication, pain management, and sleep disturbance
  • Sleep, pain, and the opioid epidemic
  • How to break the sleep-pain-cycle


  • Principles of sleep hygiene and how to tailor to individual needs
  • Circadian rhythms in rehabilitation and recovery
  • Address nighttime worry and sleep disturbances
  • Wind down schedule
  • Target neuroplasticity to improve restful sleep
  • Optimize sleep for athletic performance and recovery
  • To nap, or not to nap?


  • Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Sleep disorders in COVID-19 and POTS
  • Implementing appropriate rehab and exercise programs

Target Audience

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Other Rehabilitation and Fitness Professionals


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