‘The Latest Trends in Sleep Medicine’

The field of sleep medicine has gone through tremendous Evolution since the Discovery of REM sleep in 1953 and remarkable research in recent years has led to multiple Advances in sleep medicine. Among the most important Improvements are the approval of the new medication for treating excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy, treatment of central sleep apnea with phrenic nerve stimulation, treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with hypoglossal nerve stimulation, and Emerging evidence on possible medication treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. These are exciting times in the field of sleep medicine, which is now a specialty in its own right. Technological Advances are helping us break down diagnoses (eg, further differentiating Narcolepsy into Type 1 and Type) and lead to novel ways of home sleep apnea testing (like peripheral arterial tonometry) and computerized interpretation of home sleep studies. We have potential tools in some areas of sleep medicine, such as obstructive sleep apnea, that can be used as part of a strategy for deep phenotyping of patients in precision medicine. Not only that, areas such as chronic Insomnia and restless legs syndrome show promise for Precision medicine application, especially after the identification of Genetic markers and application of our understanding of the Pharmacogenetics of commonly used medications in sleep medicine. Undoubtedly, much greater progress will be made in the coming years. We believe that the contributions of this book authorized by international and respected experts will be useful to the respiratory and sleep medicine clinicians whose efforts are still needed in treating and improving the quality and length of life in patients with complex sleep disorders.

About the Editor:

Dr. Iftikhar is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta (US). Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Iftikhar completed his medical school training from Rawalpindi Medical College (Pakistan) and sub-specialty training from Cleveland Clinical Health System, University of South Carolina (USC), and The Ohio State University (OSU). He has held positions as Associate Program Director of Pulmonary Fellowship at USC, Medical Director of an Affiliated Sleep Disorders Laboratory at OSU, and most recently, as Section Chief of Pulmonary at Emory University St. Joseph’s Hospital. His research interests include big data analysis and guidelines developed in the fields of pulmonary and sleep medicine. He has an h-index of 18. He is the Associate Editor of Lung (a Springer journal) and serves as an Editorial Board Member of Sleep Medicine (an Elsevier journal).


obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, Insomnia, sleep and driving safety, narcolepsy, Hypersomnia, restless legs syndrome, arrhythmias, chronobiology disorders

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