The Sleep Institute and the European University create the first International Master in Sleep Medicine


The Sleep Institute, through the Sleep Institute Foundation, and the European University have created, in collaboration with Philips Ibérica, the first International Master in Sleep Medicine, an 11-month online training (60 credits ECTS), which will allow students to prepare for the European Sleep Society (ESRS) accreditation exam.

“Sleep medicine is a relatively new area. In more advanced countries, like the United States, Germany or France, it is an officially recognized subspecialty that can be reached after having a previous specialty and passing specific training and an exam certification “, said the president of the Sleep Institute Foundation, Diego Garcia-Borreguero.

The International Master in Sleep Medicine can be studied in English or in Spanish and will be coordinated by Dr. García-Borreguero. Once completed, students will be able to do internships at any of the Sleep Institute centers in Spain, Chile and Panama.

“Participating with the Sleep Institute and the European University in this master’s degree is a very important outreach exercise that will contribute to training and specialization in sleep medicine,” said Pablo González de Ponce, head of Respiratory Care at Philips Ibérica.

The main purpose of the master is to offer a solid and updated theoretical-practical knowledge on a discipline as multidisciplinary as sleep medicine. “As a differential value, in addition to being studied in English or Spanish, it prepares the student to take one of the most prestigious and recognized specific qualifications worldwide, such as the title of ‘Expert in Sleep Medicine’ organized annually by the European Society of Sleep (ESRS) “, has specified the director of the Sleep Institute Foundation, Patricia de Zabala Jordana.

The content of the master’s degree can also be useful for taking other professional tests, such as the American Board of Sleep Medicine or even the Spanish sleep medicine exam organized by the Spanish Federation of Sleep Medicine Societies (FESMES).

However, Philips’ collaboration with the Sleep Institute goes beyond this master’s degree. “We have proposed a constant and direct flow of communication, exchanging knowledge in the form of specific training programs and cooperating in the joint implementation of projects of common interest in the fields of research, teaching and the dissemination of actions related to improvement quality of sleep “, explained González de Ponce.

And it is that, Garcia-Borreguero continues, given the high prevalence of sleep disorders among the population, their knowledge and mastery is of great interest in order to complement the training of professionals such as doctors, nurses or psychologists.

In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the quality of sleep for Spaniards. “Several studies agree that problems such as clinical insomnia, changes in sleep patterns, as well as the poorer quality of sleep, are related to increased anxiety and stress,” he detailed.

Uncertainty, concern for our health and that of our relatives, labor and economic problems and the abrupt change in life habits have led to the appearance of what this expert calls “coronainsomnia”, which is linked to other disorders of the sleep with great prevalence among the Spanish population.

“One of the essential functions of sleep is the consolidation of the immune response and a good number of studies show that those people who sleep better develop more antibodies after the administration of the vaccine”, has settled the expert.