Getting to Know “Sleep” A Little Better


Did you know there is such an occasion called, “World Sleep Day celebrated every March 16th” ???

Locally speaking, sleep deprivation has been considered a real concern in the country, several big names in the industry have jumped into action to help solve the problem. Among the leaders are The Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine (PSSM) comprised of physicians and sleep doctors, and the World Sleep Society, an association of sleep specialists focused on advancing sleep health worldwide by encouraging education and promoting sleep-focused research. Partnering with them is Uratex, The Sleep Specialist, the leading manufacturer of innovative sleep solutions. The company has been focused in creating quality sleep innovations like specialized mattresses and pillows that can help improve an individual’s rest. 

Just very recently, Uratex came up with this event among media and bloggers to better understand and get updated with the Zzzzz word SLEEP and gave a cool tour of their awesome beds and bedroom showroom. 

Photo Credit:  Mac Vasquez

With sleep deprivation being a real concern in the country, several big names in the industry have jumped into action to help solve the problem. Among the leaders in the pack are The Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine (PSSM) comprised of physicians and sleep doctors, and the World Sleep Society, an association of sleep specialists focused on advancing sleep health worldwide by encouraging education and promoting sleep-focused research.

Partnering with them is Uratex, The Sleep Specialist, the leading manufacturer of innovative sleep solutions. The company has been focused in creating quality sleep innovations like specialized mattresses and pillows that can help improve an individual’s rest.


Group Panel who's who?  
(L-R) Ms. Honey Ubusan, Host; Dr. Agnes Remulla MD, Dr, Sheila Monzon MD, Dr. Keith Aguilera MD, Mr. Dindo Medina, Uratex Sales Director; and Marco Gumabao, celebrity guest.

Regular loss of proper sleep can lead to circadian rhythm disorders. The circadian rhythm is a term that refers to a person’s internal body clock that regulates the 24-hour cycle of biological processes. It’s the body’s very own timer that triggers the body’s natural sleep and wake cycle. For adults, a dip in energy commonly occurs in the middle of the night and after lunch time. Noticeable big dips on this routine commonly means that an individual is sleep-deprived and is not getting enough rest.

Circadian rhythm disorders happen when there is a mismatch on the internal body clock due to the continuous disruption of sleep patterns. One of the most common disorder falling in this category is delayed sleep, which causes a person to feel tired at a later time than the usual. Individuals with this kind of disorder are the night owls, or those who feel more productive, alert, and creative late at night.




Photo Credit: Mac Vasquez

A shocking worldwide statistic has ranked the Philippines as the fifth country with the worst sleepers, with individuals getting an average of only six hours and 22 minutes of sleep. Sleep deprivation in the country affects about 50 million Filipinos, making the problem a national issue.

Great thing these dedicated sleep doctor/specialists were on hand to share information and correct some sleep myths:  

Dr. Agnes Remulla, MD, Sleep Specialist and President of the Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine (PSSM)
Dr. Sheila Monzon, MD,  Sleep Specialist, Board Member - PSSM ,                                                                                       Pediatrician
Dr. Keith Romeo Aguilera, MD,  VP for PSSM, ENT, Sleep Specialist St. Luke's Hospital Quezon City and Global City, Taguig



  

Photo Credit:  Mac Vasquez

The opposite of this is advanced sleep phase disorder which is characterized by regular early bedtimes (6PM to 9PM), a habit that is very common among the elderly. In the Philippines, however, one very common sleep problem is shift work disorder caused by irregular sleeping patterns from night shifts. Common among business processing outsource (call center) employees, the disorder arises when the circadian rhythm cannot properly adjust to changing sleep patterns. Shift work disorder can often lead to problems like excessive sleepiness and insomnia. 



Photo Credit:  Roselle Carlos-Toledo

According to the World Association of Sleep Medicine, there are a number of ways one can do to improve their sleeping patterns. The following are tips you can follow:

1. Refraining from using your bed for regular activities (e.g. eating, working, etc.) 2. Avoiding intake of caffeine six hours before bedtime.
3. Eating a light meal for dinner.
4. Limiting naps to not more than 45 minutes.
5. Creating a comfortable sleeping environment (using the right mattress and bedding, keeping the room dark and well-ventilated).

Don't deprive yourself of lack of sleep because it aint health-friendly.


For more information and updates regarding Sleep, just visit thepssm.org and for your mattress and pillow needs, https://www.uratex.com.ph/ 

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