This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 6, 2018
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
Your media watchdog for headlines and trends
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
Alarming number of teens are using sleep aids, doctors warn of potentially risky results
October 31, 2018
From the article: “Less than three percent of teens get the recommended 8 or 9 hours of sleep a day, according to a recent Pediatrics study. …So, robbed of slumber, a quarter of them seek relief in herbal, over-the-counter pills and prescriptions. …The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health found that 28 percent of teens ages 13-18 tried some type of medication to help them sleep. ”
Takeaway: One of the problems with dealing with teen insomnia relates to what kind of therapy, moving forward: Better sleep hygiene? Natural supplements like melatonin? Sleeping pills?
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Ridge parents reminding drivers of drowsy driving dangers
November 3, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.