SLEEPLESS IN CHENNAI at the Madras Management Center,

Prof. Dr. S Geethalakshmi, Vice-Chancellor TN MGR Medical University and Dr. Tripat Deep Singh an international Sleep Expert from Singapore, organised a sleep disorder workshop and symposium “Sleepless in Chennai”. The program was brought to Chennai by Buddhi Clinic a pioneering integrative medicine and rehabilitation provider with a brain and mind focus, founded by Dr. Ennapadam S Krishnamoorthy leading international neuropsychiatrist. The program was made open to all healthcare professionals.

According to Prof. Dr. S Geethalakshmi, the burden of sleep disorders in our community is high and they lead to considerable clinical distress and loss of economic productivity. It is the high index of clinical suspicion among doctors that will lead to early diagnosis. While modern technology has resulted in a number of robust therapeutic solutions, the role of traditional, natural and holistic treatments cannot but be underscored. Psychological health is also an important causative factor of “sleeplessness” remarks the Vice-Chancellor, calling for public awareness about insomnia, mental health and the role of integrative medicine.

Dr. Tripat Deep Singh points that snoring is not really a sign of good sleep and may be the hallmark of underlying sleep apnoea. In this condition, patients have periods of loud snoring interrupted by episodes of breathing cessation. Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) can lead to hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, stroke, myocardial infarction, arrhythmias and sudden death, warns the expert who teaches sleep courses around the world to doctors and other healthcare professionals. Apart from snoring, patients wake up not feeling refreshed in morning, have headaches and frequently fall asleep during daytime, while watching television, reading the newspaper, in meetings etc.

Dr. Singh’s suggestions include…

– Using the bedroom only for sleeping and sexual activity; not watching TV while lying in bed

– Avoiding the use of electronic gadgets like mobile phones and tablets, one hour before going to bed

– Having a regular bedtime and wake up time schedule every day, including weekends, especially for children

– Eating dinner at least two hrs before bed time

– Avoiding tea and coffee at least 2-3 hrs before bed time

– Sleeping in a dark room

– Having a bath with warm water or washing your feet with warm water before going to bed

Dr. Rema Raghu, Chief Clinical Officer & Lifestyle Physician at Buddhi Clinic emphasised the unique integrative approach that focusses on both mind and body, using not just modern technology for diagnosis and treatment but also ancient wisdom that promotes better sleep and better health. Apart from her, the Buddhi Clinic team consists of neuropsychiatrists , Ayurveda doctors, Naturopathy & Yoga doctors, Psychologists and Physical Therapists, she said. The team is able to thus address also lifestyle disorders such as diabetes , hypertension, thyroid dysfunction, obesity, respiratory disorders , cardiovascular disorders, acid reflux disease, headaches , musculoskeletal pain  and neuralgic pain; all of which accompany sleeplessness; as also stress and mental health. While the evaluation consists of a Sleep Lab work up and detailed assessment by the Multidisciplinary Team, the integrative therapy program seamlessly blends modern techniques and ancient wisdom as below.

– Ayurveda therapies: Nasyam, Shiroabhyangam , full body Abhyangam and Shirodhara – relax and improve blood circulation , reduce pain and altered sensations.

– Naturopathy: Acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, meridian massages  and hydrotherapy: pressure techniques to balance energies , calming effect , muscle relaxation .

– Yoga therapies: asanas and breathing techniques to improve breath control , mindfulness and promote deep relaxation .

– Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Jacobson’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercises for mood and anxiety disorders, dementia, stroke.

– Customised nutritional advice to promote good health and healthy eating habits.

– Emphasis on Lifestyle modifications and sleep hygiene to resolve sleep issues.

Welcoming the gathering to the symposium, Dr. Ennapadam S. Krishnamoorthy, Founder & CEO- Buddhi Clinic pointed out that India had a long tradition of unique medical systems like Ayurveda and Yoga; and of person centred care. Integrating the best of modern science with the wisdom of ancient traditions as an integrated care solution was the Buddhi Clinic innovation he said. Buddhi Clinic he pointed out emerges from a unique amalgam of modern clinic excellence in Neurokrish -a pioneering neuropsychiatry institute and holistic wisdom in TriMed

With four centres and an innovative home care program through its mobile therapy fleet, Buddhi Clinic is taking the best of care to the doorstep of people with medical disability across the lifespan. For more information about the program orBuddhi Clinic please call 9500010056/ 67 or email

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