The Author, Dr. Tripat Deep Singh is currently Clinical Manager Sleep Healthcare ASEAN Philips Electronics Singapore. In his current role he trains Doctors, Nurses and technicians in the field of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Technology in ASEAN region and Pakistan. He graduated with MBBS from Govt. Medical College Patiala, Punjab, India in 2003. He obtained his Post-graduate degree in Physiology from Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute University of Delhi, Delhi, India.
In 2009 where he also got trained in the field of Sleep medicine. He specializes in Sleep Medicine as International Sleep Specialist (World Sleep Federation program) and Sleep Technology as Registered Polysomnography Technologist (RPSGT) & Registered Sleep Technologist (RST). He is a regular faculty for National Sleep Medicine Course and National Sleep Technology Course in India. He is editor of newsletter for Philips (Sleep Matters) and Indian Society for Sleep Research (Sleep Watching India).
He also publishes literature updates in Sleep Medicine “Sleep Update India” two times in a year for ISSR. He is Associate Editor of American Academy of Sleep Technology (AAST) Book “Fundamentals of Sleep Technology”, which is considered must read in the field of Sleep technology. He is on the Editorial board of “Sleep and Vigilance” Journal and Journal of Neurology Indonesian Neurology Society. He was awarded Medal of Honor in 2019 by Ministry of Health Vietnam for his contributions for developing Sleep Medicine and Sleep Technology in Vietnam.
He was Assistant Professor in Medical College, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, and taught Medical Physiology to Medical and Nursing students. He was in charge of Sleep lab at Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences before joining Philips in the current role. He is frequent speaker at various courses and workshops in ASEAN region, India, Korea and Pakistan.
Interview with Dr. Tripat
Neel Preet: First of all, Big Congratulations on your newly published book, “Basic Polysomnography” Dr. Tripat! What responses are you getting from this book of yours? Please share your experience about this book.
Dr. Tripat Deep Singh: Thanks for the wishes. The book is well received by readers. They liked the simple language making difficult concepts easy to understand, the content has a very good flow from one chapter to the next, algorithms are very concise and easy to follow, algorithms make it easy to understand and apply scoring rules for analysing sleep study data and the book is a conceptual breakthrough where author holds the readers hand to take them through the scoring rules in a step by step manner.
Neel Preet: I’ve read your book and I genuinely feel that it’s a very essential topic, which every individuals needs to know about and yet many of us are alien to this subject; So my next question to you is that what inspired you to write a book like this?
Dr. Tripat Deep Singh: One spends 2/3rd of their life time Sleeping. There are more than 84 types of Sleep Disorders. To diagnose Sleep disorders patient has to undergo a Sleep test for whole night and 8-9hrs of patient data is recorded. This data is analysed in the morning by Sleep technologist with special training to analyse Sleep study data. The scoring rules for analysing Sleep study data can be very confusing and difficult to understand for students. During my classes, I often made simple algorithms to make students understand the difficult concepts. I was writing another book recently and during that process an idea came to me for putting my classroom algorithmic approach in a book format for more students to benefit from this systematic and easy to follow algorithmic approach for analysing sleep study data.
Neel Preet: You have written about the tests used to diagnose sleep disorders. So, why did you feel need to highlight these topics among the readers?
Dr. Tripat Deep Singh: There are more than 84 types of Sleep Disorders. There is very little awareness among the community and also medical professionals regarding Sleep disorders. For example, snoring is considered a sign of deep sleep in most cultures. But snoring may be a sign of an underlying Sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in which breathing stops while you are Sleeping. If OSA is left untreated it can lead to development of Hypertension, diabetes, Stroke and excessive daytime sleepiness leading to motor vehicle accidents. It is very important that medical professional become aware of how to manage Sleep disorders so that patients can lead a healthy life.
Neel Preet: We can see that you have mention topics like Sleep Staging, Arousal Scoring, Respiratory Event Scoring, Movement Event Scoring and Cardiac Event Scoring in your book! So, next I need you to answer that what was the impetus behind this work of yours?
Dr. Tripat Deep Singh: The main reason behind this book was to have a simplified approach to Sleep scoring rules while not compromising on the quality of scientific content.
Neel Preet: Studying the subject matter of this book, I’m greatly impressed and I want you to explain us, your version of how this book is relevant in the present day scenario.
Dr. Tripat Deep Singh: Sleep Medicine is slowly gaining its foothold in Medical community and more Doctors and technologists are getting trained in this discipline. More no. of Sleep labs are opening up across the country. The book will be a good source for the doctors and technologists to learn difficult concepts regarding signal analysis of the Sleep data recorded in the Sleep lab which will in turn lead to better patient management.
Neel Preet: Sir you were very straightforward with your writings in your book, which I really appreciate. So next, I want you to tell us about some of those writers, who had inspired you and whom you follow!
Dr. Tripat Deep Singh: Thanks for appreciating the nature of writings in the book. It was a conscious choice. Late Dr. Susheela Veliath madam had biggest influence on my teaching methods while I was working under her in Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences. She taught me a very important lesson regarding teaching “It is very easy to walk into a classroom and teach what you want but it’s an art to deliver what audience will understand”. I have never forgotten this lesson and it was the force behind the simplicity of this book while not compromising on the scientific content.
Neel Preet: Is there any message which you would like to convey to your readers? Or any piece of advice, which you would like to give to the readers out there!
Dr. Tripat Deep Singh: Sleep Medicine is an exciting field and I want more doctors and technologists to take up this profession for better patient care.
Neel Preet: Are there any other books being worked by you? Please let us know about your future projects.
Dr. Tripat Deep Singh: I am working on another book to prepare students for international certifications in the field of Sleep Technology. I am hopeful it will be published this year.
Neel Preet: Thank you so much for answering all my questions. All the very best to you for the future and your book too!
Dr. Tripat Deep Singh: Thank you for taking time and reviewing my book. I appreciate your well thought out questions for this interview which brought out many flavours hidden behind this book.