As part of its corporate initiatives to boost government’s efforts in creating a conducive environment for treatment of psychiatric patients in Nigeria, Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has furnished the first Government Sleep Laboratory at Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital Yaba, with quality mattresses, pillows, beds, duvet and bed sheets.
Speaking at Vitafoam’s celebration of this year’s World Sleep Day tagged: “Preserve your Rhythm to enjoy life”, the company’s Group Managing Director, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi who was represented by the Technical and Development Director, Mr Abaggana Abatcha disclosed that the donated materials would enhance the sleeping conditions of people with sleep challenges.
According to him, the organization will continue to support World Sleep Day in creating sleep awareness to enable Nigerians achieve a good night’s sleep. He added that sound sleep would always aid memory, repair cells and enhance physical and psychological state of an individual.
“This year, beyond providing quality sleep products like mattress, pillows, duvet, bedsheet and beds to Nigerians, Vitafoam is giving back to the society by furnishing the first Government Sleep Laboratory at Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital Yaba, with quality mattresses, pillows, beds, duvet and bedsheets, to enhance the sleeping conditions of people with sleep challenges.
“Also, this year we created sleep corners in all our comfort centres in Lagos and provided Sleep specialist to give free consultation to all our customer during the world sleep day. We are committed to producing quality and innovative products that will support sleep and we will continue to support World Sleep Day in creating sleep awareness to enable Nigerians achieve a good night’s sleep, so we can produce better leaders for our beloved country Nigeria”, he said.
In his presentation, the guest speaker at the event, Dr Adeoye Adefemi disclosed that World Sleep Day is an annual event which is aimed at raising awareness of sleep disorders and the burden that they place on the society.
Adefemi, a certified sleep expert from the University of Toronto also disclosed that sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population.
According to him, “most sleep disorders are preventable or treatable, yet less than one-third of sufferers seek professional help. Sleep disorders cause significant individual and societal burden and form a serious public health problem. 35 per cent of people do not feel they get enough sleep, impacting both their physical and mental health.
“Be cognizant that most sleep problems can be managed by changing behaviors around sleep, medical therapy, or cognitive behavioural therapy. Be aware that patients suffering from sleep complaints, or who suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, should see a physician and, if needed, obtain a consultation in a sleep center”, he said.
Medical Director, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Dr Oluyemi Cecilia who appreciated Vitafoam Nigeria Plc for the donation of the fully equipped sleep laboratory stated that the sleep laboratory which is the first government-owned laboratory in Nigeria is something that is germane to the hospital. “We appreciate Vitafoam for helping us with it”, she said.