Overview of sleep and sleep medicine in Asian countries
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2011
© 2011 The Author. Sleep and Biological Rhythms © 2011 Japanese Society of Sleep Research
Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Special Issue: SLEEP SUBSTANCES, SLEEP ARCHITECTURE & SLEEP SOCIOLOGY -Centennial Anniversary of the First Discovery of Sleep Substances by Kuniomi Ishimori-
Volume 9, Issue Supplement s1, pages 84–89, February 2011
How to Cite
CHERASSE, Y. (2011), Overview of sleep and sleep medicine in Asian countries. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 9: 84–89. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-8425.2010.00468.x
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2011
- Accepted 12 August 2010.
- obstructive sleep apnea syndrome;
- sleep medicine
While there are a number of sleep medicine and sleep research publications in Asia, and their quality is increasing each year, the actual situation of sleep disorders in the general population still remains an issue of major concern. Scientists and medical doctors believe that, for the first time in history, the general lack of sleep could lead to a diminution of life expectancy. It is also known that, as people are working more and more and are more tired, they are more likely to become victims of accidents. Most of the time these incidents have little gravity, but sometimes they can cost thousands of innocent lives or contribute to disasters such as the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion or the Bhopal gas tragedy. Based on the Asian Sleep Research Society Summit and Symposium Round Table held during the fall of 2009 on Okinawa, this review aims to give an accurate view of the actual situation of sleep research and medicine in Asia. The particular example of the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome will illustrate the importance of sleep medicine in this part of the world. Finally, the actual situation will be discussed to elaborate some possible strategies to improve the sleep situation for Asian populations.