This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 20, 2018
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Beyond CPAP: Could Medical Cannabis Treat Sleep Apnea?
November 13, 2018
From the article: “A drug that treats the cause of sleep apnea could one day give patients more options to manage their condition. 'The CPAP device targets the physical problem but not the cause,' says co-lead author Phyllis Zee, MD, in a release. 'The drug targets the brain and nerves that regulate the upper airway muscles. It alters the neurotransmitters from the brain that communicate with the muscles. Better understanding of this will help us develop more effective and personalized treatments for sleep apnea.'”
Takeaway: As usual, the study repeats what many researchers say about cannabinoid usage and sleep apnea: more research is needed.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Woman who was raped worries about man's sexsomnia defence
November 15, 2018
WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions some readers may find disturbing
BIO: Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also an independent sleep health journalist, writes MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz. She can be reached at email@example.com.