Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) inaugurated the first public sector sleep laboratory at its Ojha campus where patients with sleep disorders would be treated by specialised and experienced team of dedicated sleep professionals and would provide the best quality of care.
As per detail, the facility will help people with sleeplessness or those with disturbed sleep leading to sleepiness during day time besides performing sleep studies for the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders.
The research work would be undertaken through collaboration between neurologists, pulmonologists, ENT specialists, dental surgeons and psychiatrists.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the sleep laboratory, DUHS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan said that the service will offer variety of solutions to treat sleep disorders.
All patients with sleep disorders would undergo evaluation that includes a detailed medical and sleep history, physical examination and necessary investigations, he said.
As many as eighteen percent physicians were treating sleep disturbances with sedatives, he said.
Research in this relatively unexplored area will help comprehend local relevance, said the DUHS Vice Chancellor.
Prof. Masood Hameed Khan said laboratory will also be a stepping stone that will facilitate prevention, diagnosis and early management of the disorder and help reduce the burden of major chronic illnesses in Pakistan.
It is potentially a life threatening condition that is far more common than generally understood, said Dr. Kaleem Ahmed.
Dr. Iftikar Ahmed, a senior physician said Sleep Apnoea correlates with day time sleepiness and car crashes (road traffic accidents) involving drivers who fell asleep while driving.
Although data for the condition in Asia, that also includes Pakistan, is scarce.
However, studies report that Sleep Apnoea prevalence range between 2.1-7.5% among Asian populations.