El Salvador 2021: Elena Maricela Majano MD / Bernes Medical Sleep and Neurological Private Center

Delegate: Elena Maricela Majano MD


Affiliation: Bernes Medical Sleep and Neurological Private Center


Short Bio: Dr. Elena Majano / Medical Director of BERNES MEDICAL / Internal Medicine, Neurology & Sleep Medicine Specialist.
Studies: Inselspital – Universitätsspital Bern, Switzerland and Instituto de Neurociencias de la Fundación Favaloro, Instituto Privado de Medicina del Sueño Somnos y Centro Neurológico “Dr. Alfredo Thomson” adscrito al Ex Hospital Francés, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She currently directs the first private practice dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in El Salvador.

2012: Delegate for El Salvador.
2015: Winner of Distinguished Activity Awardees
2017: Winner of Distinguished Activity Awardees
2018: Winner of Distinguished Activity Awardees

Since 2016: World Sleep Day® Committee member

Since 2016: Regional Coordinator/Central America, Caribbean
Since 2012, El Salvador is part of the WSS. Our mission is to promote Good Sleep and raise awareness about the importance of sleep in life and for all ages, emphasizing its benefits and warning about the risks sleep disorders bring to people.


Activity: This year, strategic alliances were created for the promotion of WSD 2021, in order to have much more coverage and make the public more aware about sleep disorders.

Our allies are:
1. Bernes Medical Medicina del Sueño.
2. Laboratorios Medfarma, El Salvador

The activities during our traditional ¨La Semana Del Buen Dormir 2021¨ (The Good Sleep Week 2021) from 15th to 26th March 2021 were:· In my private sleep lab, as a tradition, three patients with SAHS and economically disadvantages, benefited with specialist consultation and sleep study for free.· On Friday, March 19th. The WSD 2021, I held a magistral conference.Assistants: 100 doctors from different specialties.Platform: ZOOMKey topics:1. History and importance of the WSD.2. The relevance of the 2021 WSD slogan.3. The most important points to highlight within the media toolkit 2021.4. The impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the sleep habits of the general population.5. The impact of the covid-19 pandemic on front-line health professionals.6. The main sleep disorders observed in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic.7. Non-pharmacological treatment of sleep disorders due to the covid-19 pandemic.”back to basics: sleep hygiene”


  • As it has been tradition since 2012, The Bernes Medical Banner for WSD 2021 and our ¨Chocolate of good sleep 2021¨ were designed, the last one as a “thank you” souvenir for supporting media (radio and television programs) that interviewed us and allowed us to spread the word of the celebration of WSD 2021 nationwide.
    • Our promotional button was designed alluding to World Sleep Day 2021.
    • Television program: ¨Viva La Mañana¨, and “De Mujer a Mujer” with a big national audience rating were visited to promote WSD 2021.
  • As Regional Coordinator I was contacted by medical students from the Inter-American University of Panama, to hold a sleep conference for the first time. This was carried out via zoom on March 26, 2021. This conference can be found on the YouTube channel.

Key Topics:

  1. History and importance of World Sleep Day.
  2. Development of the Slogan 2021 meaning and its relevance at this time of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
  3. The negative impact in the sleep of the quarantine and pandemic by Covid-19 in the population in general.
  4. Pandemic dreams.
  5. The Glymphatic system and its importance.
  6. The impact of sleep deprivation on the medical student.
  7. More and more sleep hygiene to restore circadian rhythms and sleep



Location: San Salvador, El Salvador.

Date of Activity: 15th to 26th March 2020

Submitted By: Elena Maricela Majano MD