About this event

  • Date and time Tue 7 Feb 2023 from 8:45am to 4:55pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Sleep Medicine, Intellectual Disability

Sleep disorders are common in people with intellectual disabilities but are often overlooked. When untreated, these disorders can have adverse physical and mental health consequences and may also contribute to challenging behaviours, leading to higher social and healthcare utilisation.

This meeting will help you identify and treat common primary sleep disorders in individuals with intellectual disabilities and associated neurodevelopmental disorders. We will also hear from carers, who will provide a nuanced first-hand account of the impact of sleep disorders; and consider what we can do as services to improve co-working between sleep medicine and intellectual disability specialists. 

During this meeting, we will present the prize winner. To find out more, click here.

In this session, we will cover:

  • Common primary sleep disorders found in those with intellectual disabilities.
  • History and investigations for common sleep disorders in individuals with intellectual disability.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of insomnia, obstructive sleep apnoea, restless legs syndrome, and circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders in intellectual disability.

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We would like to thank our sponsors ALTURiX and Idorsia for their support of this meeting. Please note that the main scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr David O’Regan, President, Sleep Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session 1

Chaired by: Dr David O'Regan

Setting the scene – what is intellectual disability, and associated neurodevelopmental disorders?

Dr Ken Courtenay, Immediate Past President, The Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability and Consultant, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Recognising sleep disorders in people with intellectual disability – history, examination and simple screening tests

Dr Renata Riha, Consultant in Sleep and Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Reader, University of Edinburgh

Disordered sleep among people with intellectual disabilities

Mr Paul Shanahan, Postgraduate Researcher, University of Surrey

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Circadian rhythm sleep wake disorders in intellectual disability – diagnosis and treatment

Dr Alexander Nesbitt, Consultant in Neurology and Sleep Medicine, Guy’s Hospital

Obstructive sleep apnoea in intellectual disability – diagnosis and treatment

Dr Lizzie Hill, Departmental Lecturer in Sleep Medicine, University of Oxford

Panel discussion

Session 2

View from parents/carers and clinical cases
Tea and coffee break
Do we need specialised sleep disorder services for individuals with intellectual disability and neurodevelopmental disorders?

Panel of Intellectual Disability and Sleep Medicine experts

Panel discussion
Sleep Medicine section: Student essay prize

Presented by prize winner

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on 6 February 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenters and RSM's discretion. 

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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