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By: Tamara Sellman on January 9th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 9, 2017

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French Workers Have a Legal ‘Right to Disconnect’ After Work Hours
January 2, 2017

From the article: “France has now enforced a law that allows workers to ignore or avoid emails after work hours, news reports say. Dubbed the ‘right to disconnect’ law, the legislation is meant to address the current French work culture―that sees workers checking their emails even at home using smartphones―which led to usually unpaid overtime, reports The Guardian.

Takeaway: While this won’t change things for shift workers on duty, it might help clean up the poor sleep hygiene of millions of French people. Let’s see how this experiment unfolds… maybe we Americans can learn something about disconnecting from work via our electronics.



ResMed Achieves Key Milestone in Sleep-Disordered Breathing
Yahoo! Sports
January 5, 2017

From the article: “While remote patient monitoring market is growing fast to become a $30 billion industry by 2020 (tech analyst firm Berg Insight’s data), renowned sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) company ResMed, Inc. RMD recently achieved a significant milestone in this respect. … After one billion nights of sleep data was downloaded using ResMed’s remote patient monitoring platform AirView, the company reached a landmark in the field of sleep research and treatment of sleep apnea.”

Takeaway: I’m still trying to figure out why this is in the sports section, but regardless… ResMed is making some strides and identified some future horizons that we should all be paying attention to.



Health trends not worth keeping in 2017
CBS News
January 1, 2017

From the article: “ ‘There are some people who claim they don’t need sleep,’ said [University of Pennsylvania general internist and associate professor of clinical medicine, Dr. Elliot] Nierman, ‘but it’s not true for most. …Most people need seven hours a night, and some even more, he said.’ ”

Takeaway: So glad to see the scene shifting from the more popular “I’ll sleep when I die” motif to the “If I don’t sleep, I’ll die” motif. Keep up the public health awareness about sleep deprivation, everybody!


FULL DREAM AHEAD: CES 2017 to showcase cutting edge sleep technology and fertility devices
The Sun
January 3, 2017

From the article: “Technology designed to improve sleep will be one of the biggest trends at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), organisers have announced… The annual Las Vegas-based event will have a dedicated ‘sleep tech marketplace’… with sleep trackers and sensors, smart alarms and even connected beds due to be on display.”

Takeaway: Sleep wearables, devices, apps, and high-tech furniture are clearly here to stay.



Could a narcolepsy drug help combat food addiction?
Medical News Today
January 5, 2017

From the article: “…Prof. Vlaev and team note that modafinil seems to reduce impulsiveness in a variety of conditions, including schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and alcohol dependence. … Since impulsive behavior is considered a key factor in food addiction, the team speculates that the drug could benefit people who are obese as a result of food cravings.”

Takeaway: This is an interesting turn for the use of Provigil, which is mostly coveted by type A business people and college students looking to amp up their academic performance, but which is actually only legally prescribed to people with narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.



Keep it down
December 29, 2017

From the article: “Now, there’s another concern to add to the growing list: According to a recent study from nonprofit research institute PSE Healthy Energy and West Virginia University, the noise caused by fracking—which takes place both night and day—is connected to an array of health problems associated with sleep disturbance and cardiovascular health, including elevated blood pressure, hypertension, and heart disease.”

Takeaway: Light pollution is a growing issue for Americans suffering sleep deprivation. Don’t be surprised if noise pollution from fracking becomes another up-and-coming sleep health concern. This benefits the ongoing dialog about sleep deprivation from a different, and very reasonable, slant.



Mayor Paul Soglin reintroduces proposal to limit sleeping on Downtown sidewalks
January 2, 2017

From the article: “The proposal on the council’s agenda, which would ban people from sleeping on the ground, tarps or other materials, has the same wording as the legislation brought before it in September… When it was originally introduced in June, the proposal called for $150 and $250 fines for people sleeping or lying down for non-emergency reasons. After revisions made in committee, the proposal now calls for $10 and $25 fines.”

Takeaway: Be prepared to hear more about the “right to sleep” movement in 2017; there are organizations rallying around this as a human rights issue in other parts of the country already.


About the author

Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also Web Consultant for the American Sleep Apnea Association, writes MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz, and other places.


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