This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 18, 2018
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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How Bad Is It to Take an Antihistamine to Sleep Every Night?
December 13, 2018
From the article: “'The big problem with this kind of medication is that it lasts a fairly long time in your system,' [Stanford Sleep Medicine Center sleep specialist] Dr. [Rafael] Pelayo says. The lingering effect of a standard adult dose (25 to 50 milligrams, i.e., one to two pills or liquid doses) will likely not be incredibly strong, [Mt. Sinai director of Sleep Medicine Research] Dr. [David] Rapoport says, but it may be enough to make you feel sleepy or foggy-headed the next morning. Other side effects are mild and can include dry mouth, nose, and throat; dizziness, constipation; headache; and nausea, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). …You can also build up a tolerance to DPH fairly quickly. '[Antihistamines] tend to stop working,' Dr. Rapoport says. 'The body adapts to them.'”
Takeaway: Probably a lot of sleep techs will call me a buzzkill for including this information, but you really need to know what you're getting yourself into every morning you pop some diphenhydramine (DPH) before going to bed.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Physicians, Patients Vow to Overturn Ruling Striking Down ACA
December 15, 2018
From the article: “Almost as soon as a Texas judge ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional, proponents of the law—including physicians' organizations, which had filed briefs in support—vowed to appeal the decision. 'Today's decision is an unfortunate step backward for our health system that is contrary to overwhelming public sentiment to preserve pre-existing condition protections and other policies that have extended health insurance coverage to millions of Americans,' said Barbara L. McAneny, MD, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), in a statement sent to Medscape Medical News.”