The Practice of Sleep Medicine Around The World: Challenges, Knowledge Gaps and Unique Needs

Sleep Medicine in the United Arab Emirates

Author(s): Preeti Devnani*, Sobia Farooq, Kelly L Huffman, Ayesha Ahmed and Hadie Rifai

Pp: 77-89 (13)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815049367123010010

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Sleep disorders are increasingly being recognized as a major health problem in the UAE. The rising prevalence, potentially modifiable risk factors, and impact on global health outcomes have prompted the growth of sleep medicine. The burden of under-recognized disease has encouraged patient and physician-centric education. Supported by nationalized health insurance plans, the medical fraternity has adopted a multi-disciplinary approach to optimize resources and outcomes, while recognizing that these measures are initial steps in the unique challenges posed.

Keywords: Cultural influence, CPAP compliance, Insomnia, Obstructive sleep apnea, Regulatory body.

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