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Renewing The Offensive Against Sleep Disorder

GETTING a world class healthcare system is a tall order for many Nigerians.And this has made many to patronise countries like India, South-Africa, United States, amongst others, for quality services.

Travelling outside the country for healthcare does not come cheap as several researches have shown that the super rich spend fortunes for treatment overseas.
It is evident that the healthcare system in Nigeria has not been able to cater for millions. This has led to a situation where some who could afford it travel outside the shores of this country to get things done.
The good news is that two Nigerian United States-based medical doctors, Don Ogu and Henry Mere, have decided to put together SleepMedix, a diagnostics centre to treat sleep disorders. The Centre also offers a wide range of services which include complete diagnostics and special pharmacy services.
State of the art diagnostics
VanguardFeatures gathered that SleepMedix is the first ultra-modern, fully equipped state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment center for sleep disorders in Nigeria.
Conducting VF round the facility in Lagos, the duo, alongside Mr. Ernest Madu, said: “The mission of SleepMedix is to increase public awareness of sleep disorders and provide comprehensive high quality care in the field of sleep medicine in Nigeria. We also strive to provide the best diagnostic testing and consumer access to specialty drugs that are not readily available in the market and we focus on patient outcomes and deliver the highest quality care possible”.
Continuing, they said: “We offer educational services to allied health professionals as well as ongoing lecture series for our patients and the community at large. Both of these services are completely free of charge and you can be sure that we will not merely treat the symptoms, but will always strive to optimise therapy and improve quality of life”.
Expatiating further on sleep study, they maintained that sleep disorder if unchecked can lead to other life threatening conditions.“A Sleep Study or Polysomnogram is used to help diagnose sleep disorders. Sleep studies generally take place in a sleep lab during a person’s normal sleeping hours and sleep test uses various instruments to gather information about a person’s sleep stages, body position and physiological conditions such as brain wave activity, eye movement, muscle movement and possibly even the electrical activity of the heart. This data is then evaluated by the physician,” they noted.
They further explained that “Obstructive Sleep Apnea, OSA, which is the most common type of sleep disorder, is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention”.
“ The risk of undiagnosed OSA includes heart attack, impotence, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart disease and inter-personal relationship problems. Early treatment can prevent cessation in breathing during sleep, help patients stay awake throughout the day, increase energy, lower blood pressure, control snoring and even avoid premature death,” they clarified.
They gave this piece of advice. ’’Ask your doctor if the Sleep Test will require an overnight stay. Most do and if so make sure you pack a bag with your pyjamas, pillow, and hygiene products like a toothbrush. If you have kept a sleep journal make sure to bring it to your test. Try to reduce the amount of caffeine or sugar you consumer the day prior to your Sleep Test.
Try to avoid excessive sleeping, naps, the day before your test. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants a few days prior to the test in that they may affect the results of your test. Avoid skin oils and lubricants prior to the test in that they may inhibit the test electrodes from sticking to your skin. Discuss all medications or herbal supplements you are taking prior to the test. Some of these may alter your test results and your physician and the technician should be aware of what you take prior to the test. Bring a list of all your medications with you for review by the facility.’’
What to expect during and after a Sleep Test Procedure: Also explaining the procedure of Sleep Study, Ogu said: ‘’Most sleep test last throughout the night and a patient should prepare to shower and go to work the next morning from the testing facility if needed.
Once you arrive at the testing facility you will be asked to change into your pyjamas and remove any jewellery or clothing that may interfere with the test. The test technician will then attach small metal discs or electrodes to your head and body for the EEG, ECG, EOG, and EMG equipment cables. The test technician will also attach an oxygen measuring device to a finger tip and your face to measure the oxygen level in the blood vessels and air flow while breathing respectively.’’
Accordingly, he said: ‘’ The temperature of the room may need to be maintained at a certain level but blankets can be adjusted as needed. Lights will be turned off and monitoring will begin before you fall asleep. For multiple sleep latency testing, MSLT, short nap periods will be assigned at intervals. For multiple wake testing MWT, you will be asked to try and stay awake for certain periods of time. When the study has been completed, the electrodes and other devices will be removed. Once the procedure is complete, you will be able to change and leave the facility. Your sleep study results will be studied and the results should be ready in two to three business days.
“Most people in Nigeria do not usually invest in their health, instead they invest in stocks, land, houses and businesses, but not often in their own health”.-Vanguard

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