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St. Luke's offers first ever Comprehensive Insomnia Management Program

Anxiety, stress, and depression are some of the most common causes of chronic insomnia, which is according to study six out of ten adults worldwide experience these kind of medical issue.

However, the Philippines is one to have the highest rates of sleep deprivation in the world according to Health Grades Inc. in 2014, with more than 10 million adults are said to suffer from insomnia.

St. Luke's Medical Center is the first in the Philippines to offer such kind of treatment - the first multi-disciplinary program targeting insomnia in the Philippines.

“Among all the sleep disorders, insomnia is the most common. Yet none of the hospitals have a specific service targeting insomnia,” according to Dr. Jimmy V. Chang, Head of the St. Luke’s Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center Quezon City as quoted in St. Luke's website.

“All of the sleep centers focus on Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which is only the second most common sleep disorder. Therefore, patients with insomnia do not know where to go,” He added.

The program is designed to specifically address concerns of patients suffering from insomnia. It is composed of specialists, such as sleep psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, and sleep doctors.

The Center recently acquired a portable Sleep Study machine that is effective in diagnosing uncomplicated Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The machine, which has four cardiorespiratory signals or polygraphs, works to monitor and record patient’s breathing, oxygenation, and pulse rate during the patient’s sleeping hours. This test may be done outside of the Sleep Center, thereby avoiding the long waiting time for scheduling typically encountered in sleep centers

The Center provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of the more than 80 different types of sleep disorders by a multidisciplinary team of specialists using a state-of-the-art sleep laboratory.

If you are experiencing any trouble sleeping, you may contact the St. Luke’s Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center at 723-0101 ext. 727-5559 (Quezon City) or 789-7700 ext. 2009 (Global City)

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