Kolkata hospital starts sleep counselling clinic

Kolkata, Aug 21 : With sleeping disorders on rise, Kolkata-based Mercy Hospital is taking an initiative to set up an in-house sleep counselling clinic, which will focus on sleeping problems for its patients and counsel them on how best to deal with the issue.

Speaking on the issue, Sanjay Prasad, Executive Director and CEO of the Hospital said, "We recognise that a person cannot be fully functional without a full night of restful sleep, and research shows that 8.1 hours is the necessary requirement of sleep for an adult person."

"We are happy to announce that apart from our in-house sleep counseling clinic, we are also in talks with various companies to counsel their employees on sleep disorders. Many firms have shown enthusiasm in this and are eager to get on board," he said.

Addressing this growing problem in the urban sector, he said the initiative will go a long way in ensuring that people do not have to suffer from the gamut of problems that sleep disorders bring with them.

Noel Wheeler, who is attached to the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital located in Dover, New Hampshire, said, "Comprehensive treatment facilities are the need of the hour in order to prevent health risks."

Studies showed that Indian women (6.5 percent) outnumber men (4.3 percent) when it comes to disturbed sleep.

Sleep disorders can be caused by a variety of factors which include high stress levels due to work.

Very often, professionals work late hours or have to travel frequently across time-zones, leading to frequent jetlag, the hospital authorities observed.

--IBNS (Posted on 21-08-2013)

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