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By: Tamara Sellman on January 23rd, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 23, 2017

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While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week

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CULTURE WATCH

Medical Center Insights || Year In Review: Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine—Discover the latest in pulmonary and sleep medicine from this past year” (video)
MED PAGE TODAY
January 12, 2017

From the website:Dr. Rachel Givelber presents an overview of pulmonary and sleep medicine, reviews key elements of the study design in patient selection criteria, discusses the results, and the significance of the findings.”

Takeaway: The video is 52 minutes, so set aside some time to watch it.  Don't want to watch? Read the transcript here.

INDUSTRY WATCH

Disposable Electrodes Gain Ground in Sleep Medicine
SLEEP REVIEW
January 10, 2017

From the website: “More sleep labs are replacing reusable electrodes with one-time-use products in order to reduce infection risk. Here’s what to consider before making the switch.”

Takeaway: Always a subject for lively debate!

TREND WATCH

Scientists Identified 8 Genes That May Be Causing A Lot Of Sleep Problems
HUFFINGTON POST SLEEP + WELLNESS
January 12, 2017

From the website: “Some of the same genes also relate to schizophrenia, obesity and restless legs syndrome.”

Takeaway: Genetic research is uncovering all kinds of interesting relationships between sleep and other body processes and maladies. As sleep technologists, it's helpful to have at least a cursory understanding of these genetic links.

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

Blue Light is Adversely Affecting Our Sight & Health, According to an Eye-Opening New Survey by the Vision Council
THE VISION COUNCIL via PR NEWSWIRE
January 5, 2017

From the website: “... [M]ore than 80% report using digital devices in the hour before going to sleep.  Eye exposure before bedtime has been shown to disrupt sleep patterns by increasing alertness to the brain.”

Takeaway: Here are two good arguments for convincing those patients who cannot turn off their screens prior to bedtime to change their ways. (And maybe we can practice these golden rules at home, ourselves.)

PHARMA WATCH

You Asked: What’s the Best Sleeping Pill?
TIME
January 12, 2017

From the website: “Depends on your symptoms. But experts say any pill is a short-term fix, not a solution.”

Takeaway: This article offers a refreshing embedded discussion about the value of CBT-i that's sorely needed in any doctor-patient dialog about treating sleeplessness.

As sleep health professionals, we may or may not agree with the answers to this question, but we do need to be aware of what the popular mainstream literature is saying, as this is where our patients get much of their own information before they show up in our clinics. 

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

7 for ’17: New Year’s resolutions for health care professionals
KEVIN MD
January 18, 2017

From the website: “It’s quite possible that the last thing you feel you need are resolutions.  But for those of you that are looking to make some concrete changes in 2017, here are some to consider.”

Takeaway: We can never practice too much health literacy as sleep technologists, nor can we ever practice too much self care.

LEGISLATION WATCH

An attorney asks 'Do We Need A Drowsy Driving Law?"
SLEEP JUNKIES
January 19, 2017

From the website: “Given the known dangers, it’s time for legislators to wake up and put an end to 'drowsy driving.' ”

Takeaway: We need more people like this guy out there pushing for safer roads. Help him out if you agree with his position by leaving a comment at Sleep Junkies (scroll to bottom of post, select Comments, follow the prompts).


BIO:  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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