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Intersection of Sleep & Addiction

You’re invited for EHN Canada’s next educational webinar:

Intersection of Sleep & Addiction

With Dr. Tim Ayas, BSc, MD, FRCPC, CCFP, MPH

Psychiatrist, Sandstone Treatment Centre

Studies show humans spend about one-third of their lives in sleep, an important time for the body and mind to rest, recover, and grow.  According to research, It is therefore no surprise that poor sleep can have a multitude of negative effects on all realms of wellbeing, both physical and mental. This relationship is particularly concerning when research suggests that 40% of Canadians display at least one symptom of insomnia. To cope with disordered sleep, some may turn to substances for help, such as benzodiazepines and antidepressants.  Conversely, abuse of both prescribed and illicit drugs can have disruptive effects on sleep as well. Thus, it is important to understand the intersectionality of sleep and addiction in order to optimize care for the patient struggling with either or both disorders. Join Dr. Tim Ayas, Psychiatrist at Sandstone Treatment Centre, on Thursday, April 20 between 12-1pm EST as he provides his insight and further explains the relationship between sleep and addiction.


  • Explain the bidirectional link between substance use disorders and sleep disturbances
  • Describe the neurobiological basis of individual substances and their effect on sleep
  • Identify treatment strategies to assist stabilization in this patient population

Date: April 20, 2023 – 12pm ET, 9am PT

Duration: 1-hour (45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A)


If you are unable to make it on the day of the webinar, we record all of our sessions for your convenience. We ask that you please register as if you were able to attend to be included on the follow-up email journey.

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