Singapore Neurology & Sleep Centre
We are committed to promoting excellence in healthcare, education and research in the field of Neurology & Sleep Medicine.Our services include diagnosis, testing (eg. nerve conduction studies, EEG, overnight sleep studies – polysomnography, daytime nap studies – multiple sleep latency test) and treatment for a range of Neurological & Sleep Disorders.
Dr Lim Li Ling: Medical Director, Singapore Neurology & Sleep Centre
Dr Lim Li Ling is the Medical Director of the Singapore Neurology & Sleep Centre. She was also previously Visiting Consultant Neurologist to the National Neuroscience Institute (Singapore General Hospital Department of Neurology) and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Department of Medicine. She is past Director of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) Sleep Disorders Unit (SDU)(2008-2010), the first and largest multidisciplinary Clinical & Teaching programme in Sleep Medicine in Singapore. Dr Lim spearheaded the international accreditation of the Sleep Medicine programme at the SGH Sleep Disorders Unit (2009) which was the first adult Sleep Laboratory in Singapore to achieve international accreditation by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ). She was Visiting Consultant to the SGH SDU and SGH Neurodiagnostic Unit. She is also past President of the Singapore Sleep Society (2008-2012). She has been the Principal Investigator in a National Medical Research Council (NMRC) funded Sleep research study on Sleep Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease. Dr Lim is one of the editors of the Handbook of Sleep Medicine for General Practitioners, published by the Singapore Sleep Society in 2008.
Professional Education & Qualifications
Dr Lim Li Ling completed medical school at the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 1992. She underwent Basic Specialty Training (BST) in the Singapore General Hospital Division of Medicine Internal Medicine programme from 1994-1996. She graduated at the top of her cohort in the National University of Singapore Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) exit examinations in 1996, and was awarded the Seah Cheng Siang Gold Medal for being the most outstanding candidate in the field of Internal Medicine. In 1997, Dr Lim was selected for entry into the competitive Neurology Residency training programme at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) in Cleveland, Ohio, one of the top 5 hospitals in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2015-2016) where she spent 6 years in residency and fellowship, training in Neurology and several Neurology subspecialty disciplines: Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine, Neuromuscular Diseases and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, inter-related fields dealing with the interpretation of a range of neurodiagnostic tests such as sleep studies, EEG (brain waves) and neuromuscular function studies (nerve conduction studies, electromyography). Dr Lim completed her Neurology Residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) in June 2001, and 2 consecutive fellowships in Electromyography, Neuromuscular Diseases and Sleep Medicine from 2001-2003. She remained on staff as a Clinical Scholar in the Section of Sleep Disorders of the Department of Neurology at CCF for one year. She returned to Singapore in 2004 to work at the Singapore General Hospital.Dr Lim is qualified in Internal Medicine (Member, Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom, 1996 and Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine, 1996) and American Board Certified in several subspecialty areas: Neurology (American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, 2002), Sleep Medicine (American Board of Sleep Medicine, 2003), Electrodiagnostic Medicine (American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, 2003) and Clinical Neurophysiology (American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, 2004). She is the first American Board certified Sleep Medicine specialist in the Register of Specialists of the Singapore Medical Council in Singapore. Dr Lim also has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Northeastern Ohio Universities & Cleveland State University (2003).
Medical Professional Societies
Singapore Sleep Society: Dr Lim was past President (2008-2012) and Executive Committee member of the Singapore Sleep Society (SSS). The SSS is a non-profit organization with the primary objectives to develop understanding and acceptance of sleep disorders, to disseminate knowledge concerning sleep disorders to the medical community and the public, to provide moral support and such assistance necessary to sleep disorders patients and/or their families; and to promote and support medical research on sleep disorders. Dr Lim continues to help advocate for Sleep Medicine and Neurology teaching for healthcare professionals and the public, through regional & local Continuing Medical Educational (CME) programmes and public forums.
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The Sleep Neurology & Sleep Centre offers diagnosis and treatment for various Neurological & Sleep Disorders. The clinical services provided include:
1. Neurological Problems:
– Headaches: Migraines, Tension Type, and other headaches
– Stroke & Stroke-like episodes (e.g., Numbness or Weakness on one side)
– Peripheral Nerve and Muscle Disorders presenting with Numbness or Weakness of the limbs, or Pain
– Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders like Tremors
– Epilepsy and other types of Seizure-like Disorders
– Dementia and other types of Memory or Thinking Problems
– Vertigo and other types of Dizziness
2. Sleep Problems:
– Sleep Deprivation and Impaired Daytime Functioning
– Insomnia: Difficulty Falling or Staying Asleep or Unrefreshing Sleep
– Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
– Abnormal Behaviours in Sleep (e.g., Sleep Walking, Sleep Talking)
– Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, including Narcolepsy
– Sleeping Pill Dependence and Difficulty Sleeping Without Drugs
– Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders like Shift Work Disorder, Jet Lag
Sleep and brain function are closely related, and many brain diseases can affect sleep. The center also provides diagnosis and treatment for common Neurological Disorders such as Movement Disorders, Headaches, Infection & Inflammatory Conditions of the Brain, Nerve and Muscle Diseases, Dementia, Back and Neck Pain, Dizziness, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Stroke.
Sleep disorders can have a significant impact on health and well-being, and they often worsen existing conditions. People at risk for sleep problems include those with irregular work and sleep schedules, stress, depression, chronic pain, and brain diseases. Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are among the most common problems seen in the clinic.
Testing plays a crucial role in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
Some of the tests conducted at the center are:
1. Nerve Conduction Study & Electromyography (EMG): Electrical testing of nerve and muscle function.
2. Electroencephalography (EEG): Recording of brainwave activity to assess abnormal brain discharges.
3. Polysomnogram (Sleep Study): Recording of multiple physiological parameters during sleep to determine the cause and effects of sleep disturbances.
4. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Titration Study: Investigation using pressurized air to improve breathing during sleep.
5. Video-EEG Monitoring: Study of abnormal behaviors during sleep, such as epileptic seizures or other abnormal body movements.
6. Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): Daytime sleep study to assess the severity of excessive daytime sleepiness.
When visiting the Sleep Neurology & Sleep Centre, it is recommended to bring a referral letter, old medical records, blood test results, doctor’s reports, and any relevant imaging scans. Patients may be asked to fill out questionnaires for basic health information. Depending on the condition, various tests such as nerve conduction studies, EEGs, and sleep studies may be scheduled. After the tests, the doctor will discuss the results and recommended treatment options.
The center is committed to promoting excellence in healthcare, education, and research in the field of Neurology & Sleep Medicine. For more information or to schedule an appointment, the contact details are provided on their website.