SINGAPORE SLEEP SOCIETY

The Singapore Sleep Society (SSS) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness, understanding and research in the field of sleep medicine in Singapore. Our members comprise physicians, PSG technologists, respiratory therapists and research scientists.

We aim to support both sleep professionals and the general public.

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NEWS ARCHIVE

Facebook Live Exclusive Q&A with Dr Leow Leong Chai (12 March 2020, 7pm)

In conjunction with World Sleep Day 2020. Learn about the different treatment options for sleep apnea. Get your CPAP questions answered.

12 March 2020, 7pm Facebook Live at Singapore Sleep Apnea Support Group...

Captain Sleep: Health Promotion Board launches campaign to promote childrens' sleep

Good sleeping habits are best learned young, yest it can be a real challenge to get our children to sleep enough. The Health Promotion Board has launched a new campaign to raise awarenes about the importance of childrens' sleep, and provide tips and resources to help parents and children to achieve healthy sleep habits. Free materials are available from the Captain Sleep website.

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Snooze to Lose: Let sleep aid your weight management journey

Snooze to Lose is a non-profit health campaign created by four final year students from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. Stepping out of the typical “healthy lifestyle” campaign rhetoric, Snooze to Lose brings a fresh approach to weight management. Snooze to Lose is dedicated to educating university students that weight management is not solely about diets and exercise, and wishes to call attention to sleep as a weight management essential.

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How does a digital detox influence sleep? CNA's Rishi and Sharul try... (with prof. Joshua Gooley, aired 5 November 2019)

Rishi and Sharul try...digtal detox. Prof. Gooley tests how (not) using our digital devices influences our sleep.

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CNA Money Mind on the link between sleep and productivity (with dr. Leow Leong Chai, aired 5 October 2019)

Dr Leow Leong Chai, shared that there are evidence showing that short naps in the afternoon is more effective than having a cup of coffee. He also cited findings from a large overseas sleep study involving 4,000 workers.

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Sleepless? Sleep on this cure for insomnia (with dr. Leow Leong Chai, published 29 September 2019)

Singapore is one of the most sleepless countries in the world. SGH’s Sleep Disorders Unit saw more than 7,300 patients last year, with the numbers increasing by about 10 per cent on year.

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ST Podcast: Why sleep habits need to be formed when young (with Prof Michael Chee, published 24 April 2019)

ST correspondent Joyce Teo and podcasting head Ernest Luis host Prof Michael Chee, the director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Duke-NUS Medical School, a prominent sleep expert who wants to change how we think about sleep.

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Newsletter by Project S'more (published 14 April 2019)

Project S'more, a year 4 Community Problem Solving Programme, from Raffles Girls School, aims to improve sleep combat the issue of sleep deprivation among Singapore youth. Read their newsletter here.

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World Sleep Day: Why Singaporeans can't sleep (published 15 Mar 2019)

Singaporeans sleep one hour less than their overseas counterparts. Dr Leow Leong Chai, Director, Sleep Disorders Unit (SDU) shared that adults are recommended to have eight hours sleep. A/Prof Toh Song Tar, Head, SingHealth Duke-NUS Sleep Centre added that to help combat issues such as obstructive sleep apnoea, surgical options include “reconstructing the upper airway”.

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Channel NewsAsia, First Look Asia (aired 15 Mar 2019, 8.45am)

Dr Leow Leong Chai, Consultant, Respiratory & CCM and Director, SDU shared in an interview the right amount of sleep, the dangers of poor sleep, and what is the optimal sleeping environment.

938 NOW, Body and Soul (aired 15 Mar 2019, 10am)

Dr Lynn Koh Huiting, Consultant, Otolaryngology, KKH spoke about snoring and the treatments for adults and children.

Today reports on new research from prof. Chee's lab: "Sleep-deprived teens who take afternoon naps more alert, but potentially have higher risk of diabetes" (published 22nd February 2019)

Researchers in Singapore sought to answer this question: If sleep-deprived teenagers can have only 6.5 hours of shut-eye per day, are they better off sleeping continuously at night, or getting five hours’ sleep at night and taking a 1.5-hour afternoon nap?

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Commentary published in Channel News Asia by Ruth Leong and Stijn Massar (published February 20th, 2019)

If there is one topic most Singaporeans often talk about, it's that a huge number of us feel tired and sleep deprived most of the time, but can't seem to do anything meaningful to escape our situations. While we often deal with the tension between obtaining adequate sleep and the drive to excel in our work and studies, the consequences of sacrificin sleep need to be given due consideration.

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Newspaper commentary by Toh Wen Li (published March 17th, 2017) citing Prof. Chee and Dr. Toh Song Tar

On World Sleep Day today, S'poreans are urged to spread the message to others. While sleep is essential for health and well-being, many people in Singapore are not getting enough of it.

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Newspaper commentary by Joyce Teo (published April 21st, 2017) citing Prof. Chee

Depriving a person of sleep is, literally, a form of torture. The United States' Central Intelligence Agency made suspected terrorists stay awake for days in order to gather intelligence from them. Indeed, just one night of inadequate sleep is enough to irritate us. We feel tired and are unable to function properly or learn and retain information. Yet, many of us often happily sacrifice some sleep in exchange for time to go clubbing, watch TV or go on social media.

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Report on NYGH ‘Starting School Later’ program (May 10th 2017) by Desmond Ng

They are more energised and focused throughout the day, and school didn't even have to end later, thanks to careful planning. But how sustainable is this? SINGAPORE: For almost a year now, Nanyang Girls High (NYGH) students have been starting school at 8.15am – a good 45 minutes later than most secondary schools. And the results have been telling.

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Commentary published in Channel News Asia by Julian Lim and Lee Su Mei (May 16th 2017)

The move by Nanyang Girls' High to start school later helps adolescents get appropriate rest, argue Duke-NUS Medical School experts involved in the initiative. Channel NewsAsia recently published an article featuring the move by Nanyang Girls’ High School (NYGH) to a later school start time. As the researchers involved in this initiative, we have been following the response to this article on social media with interest.

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Parenting made easy: Good Sleep Habits (broadcast June 2nd 2017)

Sleep hygiene and encouraging good sleeping habits is our focus this week. The importance of children getting enough sleep. How can this help children learn better, and lead a healthy lifestyle?

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Singapore Sleep Symposium 2017

The goals of the Singapore Sleep Symposium 2017 are to increase awareness of sleep health and common sleep conditions such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea and REM sleep behavior disorders, with a state-of-the-art update regarding the management of these conditions. The symposium also involves practical hands-on sessions supervised by experts in Sleep Medicine which would be of interest to sleep technologists and all practitioners of clinical sleep medicine.

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The 1st Congress of Asian Society of Sleep Medicine, 12-13 March 2016, Taipei

Being the 1st Conference of ASSM, the conference aims to serve as a premier platform in Asia, bringing together sleep scientists, sleep investigators, physicians, as well as students from all over the world to present, share, discuss and exchange research ideas, experiences and discoveries in a very rapidly growing field of sleep medicine.

Professor Chee and Dr Lo from Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke-NUS Medical School are taking part in this meeting. They will be sharing their research, mainly on sleep and adolescents.

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3rd ASEAN Sleep Congress, 20-22 November 2015, Singapore

This year, Singapore has the honour of organising the 3rd ASEAN Sleep Congress. This congress will bring together the experts in Sleep Medicine from international and ASEAN region and will cover a wide aspect of Sleep Medicine, including challenges we are facing and challenges ahead.

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Singapore Sleep Awareness Week 2012

Following the success of the inaugural campaign held in 2010, the Singapore Sleep Society is pleased to present the Singapore Sleep Awareness Week 2012.

This year's theme, "Sleep for All Ages", will discuss how sleep deprivation affects performance for people across all age groups, from children and teenagers, to adults and the elderly. You can learn to enhance daily performance, be it in study, work and leisure.

The Singapore Sleep Awareness Week 2012 will kick off on 16 March 2012, in celebration of World Sleep Day.

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Singapore Sleep Awareness Week 2010

Welcome to the Singapore Sleep Awareness Week (SSAW) 2010.

SSAW is an inaugural festival in Singapore to provide a platform to increase the public awareness of sleep-related issues and provide relevant information and knowledge.

The Sleep Society Singapore will be organizing the Singapore Sleep Awareness Week from 19-28 March 2010, in celebration of the World Sleep Day.

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New Book on Sleep Medicine to Address Common Sleep Disorder Issues and the Use of Hypnotics in Singapore

The Singapore Sleep Society has launched a new book entitled 'Sleep Medicine: A Clinical Guide to Common Sleep Disorders' to promote better understanding of commonly encountered sleep problems in Singapore and their proper treatment.

The first ever guidebook for medical practitioners on Sleep Medicine in Singapore, the book seeks to educate local healthcare professionals on the spectrum of sleep disorders and the proper use of drugs such as hypnotics, amid increasing concerns about the problem of addiction to sleeping pills and over prescription by physicians.

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