This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 4, 2018
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Drugstore sleep aids may bring more risks than benefits
HARVARD HEALTH PUBLISHING
December 1, 2018
From the article: “'People don't realize that these companies are basically just repackaging one product,' [Dr. Suzanne Bertisch, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School] says. Most sleep aids are antihistamines, which are also commonly used in allergy medications. 'People taking sleep aids are essentially taking Benadryl [diphenhydramine]. They don't realize that's what most sleep aids are,' said Dr. Bertisch.”
Takeaway: We should already know this as sleep techs who may be a particular population who also needs sleep aids. But do our patients know the inside scoop on drugstore sleep aids?
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
New CVSA policy stresses that inspectors shouldn’t interrupt off-duty drivers for random inspection
November 12, 2018
From the article: “'Our policy is to not wake up any drivers. As far as a co-driver needing to be woken up—it’s not something that we encourage, because it defeats the purpose at that point of the driver getting their rest. With ELDs, [inspectors] should have access to that information without having to wake up the driver anyway,' [said Collin Mooney, executive director of CVSA]. Readers have filed comments to Overdrive in recent years noting [that] interruptions for drivers in sleeper berths and off-duty status is sometimes an issue for team drivers. ”