The Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine (PSSMI) is an organisation with an advocacy to promote awareness on the importance of sleep health. We aim to educate healthcare professionals to recognize and manage sleep disorders and it is our goal to advance the field of sleep healthcare through research. We are here with the mindset of establishing standards for the practice of sleep medicine in the Philippines and nurture the professional growth of its members. Welcome to our site and feel free to browse our content targeted towads people with a passion for and interest in sleep and sleep disorders.
‘Guidelines for Sleep Study During Covid-19 Pandemic’ has been released by the Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine together with the Philippine Neurological Society (PNA), Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP), Philippine Academy of Pediatric Pulmonologists and the Philippine Academy of Sleep Surgery.
Wondering if you should proceed with your sleep study at this time? FYI.
Abe, Alexander R., MD ▸ Manila East Medical Center
Aguilera, Keith Romeo A., MD ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City, 32nd St. cor 5th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City, 279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd., Quezon City.
Agno-Pingul, Evelyn M., MD ▸ Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Q.C. ▸ De Los Santos Medical Center, E. Rodriguez Blvd, QC
Alea, Cristito B., MD ▸ Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, Lipa City, Batangas
Ang, Jonalyn Chris T., MD ▸ Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Wilson St., Greenhills West, San Juan City
Banate, Mitzi Y., MD ▸ Capiz Emmanuel Hospital ▸ Capiz Doctor’s Hospital ▸ St. Anthony College Hospital ▸ The Healthcentrum Hospital
Bernardo, Deborah A., MD ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City, 32nd St. cor 5th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City, 279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd., Quezon City ▸ Capitol Medical Center, Quezon Avenue cor. Scout Magbanua St., Q.C.
Blanco-Limpin, Ma. Encarnita C., MD ▸ Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Q.C.
Cabana, Rosauro C., MD ▸ St. Paul Hospital, General Luna St., Iloilo City
Ceniza, Richmond B., MD ▸ Rm 322 Medical Arts Building Madonna and Child Hospital J.V. Sereña St, Carmen Cagayan de Oro.
Caparas-Manlagnit, Maria Francia Alexandria, MD ▸ Lung Center of the Philippines, Quezon Avenue, Q.C.
Chang, Jimmy V., MD ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City, 279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd., Quezon City ▸ The Medical City South Luzon, Sta. Rosa Laguna ▸ St. Francis Cabrini Medical Center, Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Crespo, Rosalinda N., MD ▸ Asian Hospital & Medical Center, 2205 Civic Drive, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
David,Imelda, MD ▸ UST Hospital – Espana St. Sampaloc Manila
Dela Eva Roland, MD ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City, 279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd., Quezon City
Dela Cruz, Beverly, D., MD ▸ Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue, Quezon City
De Torres-Purcell, Carina I., MD ▸ Makati Medical Center, 2 Amorsolo St., Makati City
Delos Reyes, Virginia, MD ▸ Lung Center of the Philippines, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Divinagracia, Ruth, MD ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City, 32nd St. cor 5th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City ▸ Makati Medical Center, 2 Amorsolo St. Makati City
Dizon, Rodolfo V. Jr., MD ▸ Perpetual Help Medical Center, Las Pinas, ▸ Manila Doctors Hospital, ▸ Medical Center Taguig ▸ ACE Medical Center, Pateros
Espiritu-Picar, Rosalina B., MD ▸ Makati Medical Center, 2 Amorsolo St., Makati City
Galang, Maria Cecilia C, MD ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City, 32nd St. cor 5th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City ▸ Rizal Medical Center, Shaw Blvd., Pasig City
Gappi, Mercy Antoinette, MD ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City, 279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd., Quezon City
Guzman-Banzon, Aileen, MD ▸ Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue, Quezon City
Ilaga, Mary Warren E., MD ▸ Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, Lipa City, Batangas ▸ Medix Medical Center, JP Laurel H-way, Lipa City
Instrella, Romulus Roberto Peter, MD ▸ Capitol Medical Center, Quezon Avenue cor. Scout Magbanua St., Quezon City ▸ FEU-NRMF, West Fairview, Quezon City ▸ EAMC, East Avenue, Quezon City
Jocson, Maria Cecilia, MD ▸ The Medical City, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City ▸ Lung Center of the Philippines, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.
Jorge II, Manuel C., MD ▸ Philippine General Hospital, Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila
Lao, Lily, MD ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City, 279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd., Quezon City. ▸ Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue, Quezon City
Leopando, Mary Therese M., MD ▸ Makati Medical Center, 2 Amorsolo St., Makati City ▸ Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Quezon Avenue cor. Agham Road, Quezon City
Mampao-Tibon, Hygeia T., MD ▸ Riverside Medical Center, BS Aquino Drive, Bacolod City
Monzon, Shiela, MD ▸ St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City, 32nd St. cor 5th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City ▸ Asian Hospital & Medical Center, 2205 Civic Drive, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Ojascastro-Bautista, Emelie Grace, MD ▸ Pines City Doctors Hospital, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City ▸ Saint Louis University Hospital of the Sacred Heart, Assumption Road Extension, Baguio City
Puno-Prodigalidad, Maria Patricia Ann T., MD ▸ Makati Medical Center, 2 Amorsolo St. Makati City
Rafanan, Albert L., MD ▸ Chong Hua Hospital, J. Llorente St., Cebu City
Remulla, Agnes, MD ▸ Asian Hospital & Medical Center, 2205 Civic Drive, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Rivera, Luis F. Jr., MD ▸ Makati Medical Center, 2 Amorsolo St. Makati City ▸ Asian Hospital & Medical Center, 2205 Civic Drive, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Salud, Duane, MD ▸ Davao Doctors Hospital, Quirino Ave., Davao City ▸ Kidapawan Medical Specialist Hospital, Sudapin Avenue, Kidapawan City ▸ SSS Diagnostic Davao, Bormaheco Building J.P. Laurel Ave. Bajada, Davao City
Santiago-Fuentes, Teresita Celestina, MD ▸ Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Q.C.
Sarte, Michael Alexius A., MD ▸ The Medical City, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City ▸ Rizal Medical Center, Shaw Blvd., Pasig City
Sobere Yu, Karen G., MD ▸ Siliman University Medical Center, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Soto, Maria Felicidad, MD ▸ UERM Memorial Medical Center, Aurora Blvd., Quezon City
Zaraspe, Abigail A., MD ▸ Makati Medical Center, 2 Amorsolo St. Makati City ▸ Asian Hospital & Medical Center, 2205 Civic Drive, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
What is a sleep disorder?
A sleep disorder disrupts and disturbs your overall quality of life. It can affect a child, teen, adult, parent or senior citizen.
How doI know if I have a sleep disorder?
You might have a sleep disorder if:
Your snoring disturbs your bed partner,
You have trouble falling asleep at night more than three times a week,
You wake up often during the night,
You feel tired throughout the day,
You find yourself falling asleep while driving, at work or in class,
You have an itchy, crawly feeling in your legs,
You wake up with a headache or a dry/sore throat.
What are the most common sleep disorders?
Sleep apnea, in which breathing stops or gets very shallow during sleep. Each pause typically lasts 10-20 seconds or more, and can occur 20 to 30 times an hour.
Insomnia, which includes difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking up too early and/or poor quality of sleep.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), characterized by a strong, often uncontrollable urge to move your legs immediately before sleep, or other odd feelings like burning, prickling, itching or tingling.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD), in which patients have repetitive, uncontrollable and often imperceptive muscle spasms during non-REM sleep.
Narcolepsy, sometimes called “sleep attacks,” means falling asleep at unusual times and in awkward places.
Parasomnias, a category of undesirable physical or verbal behaviors during sleep, such as sleepwalking, bed-wetting, teeth grinding, frequent nightmares, night terrors, nocturnal seizures or sleep paralysis.
How common are sleep disorders?
Going by the statistics, 20% of people in the Philippines are sleep deprived, simply because of reasons that range from lifestyle changes like odd-working hours, to personal obligations and relationship worries. Besides that, the anxiety, tension and nervousness which develops due to work pressure, household issues or personal relationships also affect sleep, leading to sleep disorders.
Are some people more likely than others to develop a sleep disorder?
Yes – some of the common risk factors for sleep disorders include:
Age: While sleep problems affect all ages, they’re more common in middle and older-age adults. Children have different sleep patterns, resulting in unique pediatric sleep problems.
Gender: Women are more likely to suffer from insomnia; men are more likely to have sleep apnea.
Weight: The more you weigh, the more likely you are to develop a sleep disorder.
Anatomy: Some people have structural abnormalities in the sinuses, mouth, throat or elsewhere in the upper airway.
Drug or alcohol use: Medications, alcohol or illegal drugs can interfere with normal sleep patterns or the ability to awaken from sleep.
Other medical problems: People who suffer from high blood pressure or depression are also at higher risk.
Is there anything I can do to sleep better on my own?
Sure – doctors call it “sleep hygiene.” Just like dental hygiene, developing the right habits can have a big impact on your health. Nighttime rituals might seem like a too-easy solution, but the following guidelines have been proven to be critical in establishing healthy sleep patterns:
Go to bed at the same time every night.
Always sleep in a bed in a dark, quiet room – avoid the temptation to sleep in a recliner or on the couch.
Give yourself time to unwind from daily activities to help clear your mind.
Follow the same “getting ready for bed” routine every night.
Get regular daily exercise.
Don’t eat within four hours of going to bed.
Avoid all caffeine six hours before bedtime.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco two hours before bedtime
Are you ready to put your sleep problems to rest? If you think you may have a sleep disorder, contact us now.
Mission Promote awareness on the importance of sleep health. Educate healthcare professionals in the recognition and management of sleep disorders. Advance the field of sleep healthcare through research. Establish standards for the practice of sleep medicine. Nurture the professional growth of its members.
Vision Be the recognized authority in setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine healthcare in the Philippines.
Sleep was a subject that merited little attention in medical school resulting in the meager knowledge that graduating doctors had in terms of its associated diseases. Discussing it with most physicians would have elicited a response similar to discussing the internet in the late eighties.
In the year 2002, a conscious effort was made to gather like-minded physicians from different specialties to consolidate the forces of sleep medicine. A meeting of the first eight members of the board signaled the beginning of the society. The first board was elected with Dr. Felicidad Soto, a neurologist and a pioneer in the field of Philippine sleep medicine being acclaimed as the founding president. The first year saw the incorporation of the society and the holding of the First Sleep Symposium on March 2003, which coincided with the World Sleep Day, at the Manolo Lopez Conference Center in Antipolo. Despite having only twelve members, the conference saw an attendance of around sixty delegates with the participation of numerous pharmaceutical companies and sleep related providers.
The year 2003 saw the assumption of the presidency by Dr. Mercy Antoinette Gappi, a pulmonologist, as the second president. Fresh from her vice-presidency and successful stint as course director of the first symposium, she personally spearheaded efforts to formalize the criteria for membership, with the creation of new categories for health professionals who had not had training in sleep yet expressed an interest in the field. The logo of the society was commissioned and chosen by the majority of the members whose number had now increased to eighteen. In an effort to reach out to the rest of Luzon, the 2nd Sleep Symposium was held at the Baguio Country Club in 2004.
The third year had loftier aspirations, envisioning a program to reach out to physicians in the Visayas and Mindanao region. The number of fellows had now increased to twenty-three. Under the presidency of Dr. Patrick Moral, another pulmonologist, the 3rd Sleep Symposium was held at the Shangri La Mactan resort, gathering an impressive turnout of over a hundred delegates. An internet site for exchange of ideas was set up under firstname.lastname@example.org. As the society was still in its infancy, it was decided to extend the terms of board and the current officers to two years in order to enable a continuity in the planning and implementation. Likewise, the symposium was transformed into a biennial activity as holding it annually was taxing on the small number of members at that time.
In 2006, the society had its first strategic planning session at the Edsa Shangri La Hotel where the direction of the society for the next five years was mapped out, looking at affiliations with regional societies and establishing local training programs in the future.
In 2007, Dr. Ruby Manalastas, took over the reins of the society which had now increased its membership to twenty-six. The symposium was brought back to Manila in its 4th iteration. Efforts to consolidate the earlier gains continued.
In 2008, the society was privileged to have beengraced by the presence of an acknowledged pioneer in sleep medicine, Dr. Christian Guilleminault who delivered a Master Lecture at the Shangri La Makati.
In 2009, Dr. Mike Sarte, an otorhinolaryngologist, was elected as the fifth president of the society. The 5th Sleep symposium was again held in Manila. At this time, the membership had reached thirty. The groundwork for accreditation of sleep laboratories was initiated at this time.
In 2011, the reins of the society returned to a neurologist, Dr. Rosalina Espiritu. Her term saw the institution of the Sleep Research forum, the 1st and 2nd of which were held at the St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City and Lung Center of the Philippines respectively.
The year 2012 saw the 2nd strategicplanning held at Shangri La Mactan. The year 2013 began with the 7th sleep symposium at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay, where a noted Filipino sleep specialist, Dr. Teofilo Lee Chiong was a featured speaker. At this time, Dr. Albert Rafanan, a pulmonologist, was elected as the society’s seventh president.
The year 2013 saw the formation of the accreditation and specialty boards. At this time, the Lung Center of the Philippines and Philippine Heart Center applied for accreditation. The first Basic Skills Sleep Tech Workshop was held at the Union Bank Plaza in August which has 67 attendees.
The first specialty board exam was conducted in October 20, 2013 with seven out of nine examinees successfully hurdling the test. This ushered in a new era of growth in the society’s membership.
The 8th sleep symposium was held on March 14-15, 2014 with Drs. Guilleminault and Lee Chiong adding the international flavor to the local faculty. This symposium had an impressive attendance of over 200 participants. The 2nd specialty board exam was administered in October. At this time, Dr. Virginia Delos Reyes, another pulmonologist took over the leadership of the society.
This year promises to be another groundbreaking milestone in the society’s history with a multispecialty guideline on obstructive sleep apnea going through the pipeline. After 13 years, this adolescent society is certainly wide awake and not sleeping on the job.