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By: Tamara Sellman on November 6th, 2018

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 6, 2018

Sleep Technologist Advice

While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week


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relevant to sleep technology and patient education.



KLS Patient, Sarah, featured in Kids First Magazine
October 30, 2018

From the article: “A Lynbrook teen has lost about 700 days of her life to hypersomnia since 2013.”

Takeaway: We don't often see these cases in our sleep centers, so here's an important reminder that hypersomnia can truly rob someone of their youth and life. The KLS Foundation can always use volunteers, if this moves you to act.

 ♥ IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week Rock Stars ♥ 


Could football be causing truck driver fatigue?
November 2, 2018 

From the article: “Drowsy driving and good old-fashioned "oops" errors seem to happen more on Tuesday. 'As an aside, my thinking on the driver condition piece—drowsy driving—on Tuesday is that Monday Night Football is to blame,' Lytx research data analyst Ryan Brandos speculated. 'That's one of my pet theories.'

Takeaway: It wouldn't be surprising to discover poor sleep hygiene on a night of football (Sunday, Monday, or Thursday) is partly to blame for vehicular accidents of all kinds the next day, and not just among truck drivers and maybe even not just among football fans. Recent late-night World Series games led to some serious sleep deprivation only a couple of weeks ago.


Join the Sleep ISR Gold Standard Panel
November 2
, 2018 

From the website: “The AASM is expanding Sleep ISR to include pediatric records in 2019. We are looking for physicians and sleep technologist to serve on the pediatric Gold Standard Panel. Applicants should have experience with pediatric populations and Sleep ISR.

Takeaway: This could be a great opportunity for a tech with peds experience who wants to make a difference outside the lab.


Leerink predicts Inspire to clear coverage blockade, quickly grow sleep apnea sales
October 30, 2018

From the website: “Analysts at Leerink have predicted sleep apnea player Inspire Medical Systems will clear a long-standing reimbursement bottleneck and grow quickly in the years to come. …[They predict] Inspire will grow that figure by 30% to 40% a year through to 2023 as insurers follow Aetna’s lead and start covering the device.

Takeaway: The biggest challenge in the past seems to be insurance coverage for this specific therapy for severe sleep apnea, but with Aetna on board, it's likely patients with compliance and comfort issues will move off noninvasive ventilation devices in the years to come.


CPAP Cleaners Side-by-Side Comparison Guide (October 2018)
October 31, 2018

From the review:Sleep Review‘s CPAP cleaners comparison guide compares features such as dimensions (overall and inside chamber), weight, cycle time, cleaning mechanism, maintenance, warranty, estimated useful life, power consumption, accessories, reimbursement, and supporting research for the following products: 3B Medical Inc Lumin, SiestaMed Technologies LLC Hurricane CPAP Equipment Dryer, SoClean Inc SoClean 2, and Healthcare Logiix System/VirtuOx VirtuCLEAN.” 

Takeaway: SoClean once owned this product market, but it now has several competitors. 


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?  


4 Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies Linked To Insomnia & Poor Sleep
November 2, 2018

From the website: “The body needs a wide variety of vitamins and minerals to function properly, and you get them from diet, the environment, and your body's own internal processes. When it comes to deficiencies of essential minerals and vitamins in the body, disturbed sleep can be a possible symptom, but it's worth getting a full health check to check for other underlying issues that could be keeping you up at night. Your doctor can confirm a potential deficiency (as well as its cause) through a blood test, and then work with you to find a treatment plan to combat any symptoms, including poor sleep.”

Takeaway: No, popping more vitamin D is no way to stave off untreated sleep apnea, but encouraging people to ask their doctors about their sleep problems is one way to get them into the sleep clinic. Now if we can just get primary care physicians to make sleep part of their vital sign collection at every patient encounter…


Ridge parents reminding drivers of drowsy driving dangers
November 3, 2018

From the article:  “The Cassidy’s received news that Caltrans, the office of traffic and safety and DMV, [has] agreed to put up on their message boards during drowsy driving week [to read] 'if you feel drowsy, exit and get sleep,' which will be statewide [in California] between November 5 through 12. Also, the DMV put in their handbook a page on drowsy driving in the current edition.” 

Takeaway: Recognition of drowsy driving once a year is a start, but actual laws and regulations may be the only way we can reduce mortality statistics for this increasingly dangerous problem.

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 sleepyheadcentral@gmail.com.