This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 11, 2018
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Sweet dreams: Melatonin-rich milk to help insomniacs sleep easy
December 5, 2018
From the article: “Gerald and Julian Burns, owners of Ardrahan Farm near Kanturk and producers of Lullaby Milk, milk their cows at 2am during the summer and 4am in the winter so they can get as much of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin into the milk as possible. …
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in milk, but four times as much of it is produced if the cows are milked during specific points in their sleep cycles.”
Takeaway: That glass of warm milk at bedtime to fall asleep easier is no joke …but one does wonder whether the cows mind the über-early mornings.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Man accused of killing aspiring West End star in crash 'slipped into micro sleep at wheel'
December 6, 2018
From the article: “A Range Rover driver accused of killing an aspiring West End singer when he crashed into a traffic island claims he slipped into a 'micro sleep' caused by an undiagnosed medical condition, a court heard.”