The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) 2020 Multidisciplinary Program Committee is happy to announce a session on a topic that has never been addressed at a WFH Congress. “Sleep – what is it and why do we need it?” will highlight the important—but often overlooked—concept of sleep and good sleep hygiene. It will be presented at the WFH 2020 World Congress being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from June 14 to 17, 2020.
The session will address how poor sleep and sleep disturbance impact many parameters of health and overall well-being. It’s designed for healthcare professionals and people with bleeding disorders and their families. The session will include an overview of what sleep is, how it happens and why “good” sleep is so important to being healthy and well. It will also offer ideas on how to promote better sleep hygiene and how to develop good habits for better sleep.
The session will also cover the relationship between pain and sleep. It is becoming increasingly acknowledged that pain and poor sleep are strongly related; however it is unclear how this relationship may work. The session will cover how pain (both acute and chronic) influence sleep patterns and sleep quality and how this affects long-term wellbeing. Poor quality sleep can have many consequences on mental and physical performance, memory and mood.
The talk will be given by two sleep specialists, Bhajan Singh, MD, and June Chi-Yan Lo, PhD. Bhajan Singh is the head of the Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep Medicine department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia. He is also Clinical Professor, School of Human Sciences, at the University of Western Australia, and Director, West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute at QEII Medical Centre. Bhajan obtained a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1986. Singh trained as a General Physician at the Greenslopes Hospital in Brisbane and as a respiratory physician at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1995, and completed a PhD (Distinction) in respiratory muscle physiology in 2003.
June Chi-Yan Lo, PhD is Assistant Professor, and Principle Investigator of the Sleep and Health Laboratory at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. After obtaining her PhD degree in psychology from the University of Surrey, U.K., she received her post-doctoral training at the Surrey Sleep Research Centre in the U.K. and the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory in Singapore. Her research focuses on the factors and health consequences associated with sleep deprivation in children, adolescents, young adults, and older adults.