When Mashni earned his Master’s degree in Behavioural Sleep Medicine from the University of Glasgow, he knew he wanted to apply what he learned and the research he undertook back home to improve the public’s perception and awareness of sleep-related disorders and their impact on everyday lifestyle and health status. Today, he is the founder of the sleep lab in King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre and a board member of the Saudi Society for Respiratory Care.
With a career spanning over 20 years, Mashni has conducted extensive research on respiratory medicine, pulmonology, and neurology in the Kingdom. He was able to hone his research skills whilst having access to the excellent laboratory facilities in Glasgow and credits his time studying in helping him better understand the linkages sleep medicine has with exercise, technology, diet, and general lifestyle. Since then, he has been a guest speaker in over 40 conferences and chairing more than 20 conferences, symposiums, workshops, and daily social media activities educating health professionals and students in the middle east about sleep studies technology, sleep hygiene, and health habits.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Mashni was committed more than ever in raising awareness about respiratory and sleep medicine and therapy, given the implications of prolonged restrictions on wellbeing and increasing levels of anxiety and stress. He held and chaired over 10 medical international webinars, conducted national TV interviews, gave university lectures, and participated in several social initiatives educating the public about the importance of promoting good sleep hygiene and care. He is passionate about his work and believes everyone has a responsibility to not underestimate the power and value of sleep in our lives – on a social, physical, and mental level.