Sleep medicine in Africa: Past, present, and future

Citation:
Komolafe, MA, Sanusi AA, Idowu AO, Balogun SA, Olorunmonteni OE, Adebowale AA, Fawale MB, Mosaku KS.  2021.  Sleep medicine in Africa: Past, present, and future, 2021. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 17(6)

Abstract:

Interest in sleep and sleep disorders in Africa dates back thousands of years, influenced by various cultural and religious beliefs. However, the practice of sleep medicine as a specialty has been inadequate compared to other regions of the world. The objective of this study was to explore the current status of sleep medicine in Africa vis-à-vis education, professional societies, and facilities, and to identify challenges of the specialty in the region. A literature search of major electronic databases (PubMed, Google Scholar) was done. This revealed that there is a high prevalence of sleep disorders in Africa and a significant association with epilepsy, human African trypanosomiasis, human immunodeficiency virus, and other diseases. There are 6 sleep societies in Africa located in 4 countries. Forty-one sleep laboratories were identified located in 4 countries. The challenges hindering development of sleep medicine in Africa include lack of awareness, poor funding, lack of facilities, and inadequate training.

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