Marking World Sleep Day by helping urologists better understand sleep.
To mark World Sleep Day 2014 and to highlight the increasing multidisciplinary role that sleep plays in other medical fields, the Editors of European Urology’s Nocturia Resource Centre (http://nocturia.elsevierresource.com/) a freely accessible educational platform designed for healthcare professionals specialized in urology, are pleased to announce the appointment of sleep medicine expert, Professor Donald L. Bliwise of Emory University, Atlanta USA, as Associate Editor of this online platform.
Nocturia, which is defined as the episode of waking up during the night to void urine, is a common problem which worsens with age. Sufferers of severe nocturia often wake up more than three times a night. Research suggests that over 60% of people are negatively affected by it. It is a major cause of sleep disturbances.
Professor Bliwise brings 40 years of knowledge in sleep medicine and believes that a better understanding of sleep will help urologists gain more insight into the causes, and cures, of nocturia.
“Most urologists recognize that sleep plays an important role in the definition of ICS [International Continence Society] nocturia, but for many, sleep becomes relegated to a single, unified state without much more interest or thought given to it. In fact, sleep researchers have spent years describing, both qualitatively and quantitatively, various aspects of sleep [… ] Demystifying sleep begins with breaking it down to its various dimensions,” explains Professor Bliwise in his introductory Editorial (http://nocturia.elsevierresource.com/editorials/detail/introducing-sleep-in-the-nocturia-resource-centre/2) for the Nocturia Resource Centre.
“The appointment of Professor Bliwise represents a merger of the specialties of sleep medicine and urology that seeks to help the platform become a more rounded medical resource, giving to the many thousands of doctors who use it a valuable source of up-to-date clinical knowledge that covers both specialties. This development can help ensure that the many thousands of nocturia sufferers will receive better treatment,” said Elsevier Executive Publisher of European Urology, Koos Admiraal.