Mongolia to study sleep at new Sleep Center

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The first Sleep Center in Mongolia has opened doors at the General Hospital for State Special Servants for people who have trouble sleeping.

The center held its opening on March 15, also known as World Sleep Day, which is aimed to call to action on important sleep issues and raise awareness of sleep disorders and the burden that they place on people’s health.

During the opening ceremony, Director of the General Hospital for State Special Servants L.Battur remarked, “Sleep is the foundation to a healthy life. Sleep disorder can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, brain stroke, diabetes, decline in cognitive abilities, and then some.”

The center has two models of sleep study recorders and three devices for Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy. The sleep study recorder is an instrument that records brain activity, eyelid movement, breathing, and arterial oxygen level during a full nights’ sleep. A doctor said that monitoring sleep provides an accurate diagnosis of sleep disorder.

“PAP therapy cures sleep apnea,” said D.Shuren, head of Training, Research and Cooperation Department at the Training, Research and Cooperation Department.

Slightly over a third of the Mongolian population are at high risk of obstructive sleep apnea, which is slowed or stopped breathing during sleep, according to a survey conducted in the country in 2015. The center will help advance studies on sleeping habits and disorders faced by Mongolians, as noted by doctors.

A good night of sleep is crucial to your health, safety and productivity. When sleep deprivation takes a toll on one’s health, a sleep study can help you cure your sleep disorders and get better sleep. Experts recommend newborns to sleep 14 to 17 hours a day, children under the age of 17 to sleep eight to 14 hours a day, and adult to sleep seven to nine hours a day.

Since opening, the Sleep Center has treated 37 people. Doctors said that the new center provides treatment to people who snore and/ or constantly daydream, suffer from insomnia, wake up with a headache, and those who have leg pains or have leg seizures. People facing these troubles are advised to visit the Sleep Center located in the General Hospital for State Special Servants on the west side the State Palace.

Dulguun Bayarsaikhan