This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 16, 2018
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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The AASM Foundation Disaster Relief Fund
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE
October 15, 2018
Takeaway: Offer is limited to AASM accredited sleep centers.
New Survey Identifies the Need For Increased Education and Treatment Options for Narcolepsy
October 10, 2018
From the website: “The Know Narcolepsy survey, conducted by Versta Research among a total of 1,654 respondents on behalf of Harmony Biosciences LLC, in collaboration with Narcolepsy Network, highlighted that narcolepsy is life-changing for the majority (86%) of those surveyed living with the disorder. However, 78% of the general public surveyed agreed they have no idea what it must be like to live with narcolepsy.”
Takeaway: All sleep techs should be fairly versed in the challenges of living with narcolepsy as well as trained in how to spot potential signs and in the performance of the MSLT.
Sleep Providers Told to Hunt Down, Refund Overpayments
October 4, 2018
From the article: “Like a true luxury category, the agenda of the sleep economy is to sell things you never knew you needed. And a key component in why shoppers are spending, a report from CB Insights notes, is because sleep is now 'hailed as a new frontier for holistic wellness.' ...'The consumer’s definition of living healthy has expanded,' Joe Derochowski, a home industry analyst with the NPD Group, tells Vox. 'Years ago, consumers would say to be healthy, they need to eat more fruits [and] vegetables, exercise more, and eat less processed foods. Today, they expand beyond exercise and eating to add sleep.'”
Takeaway: This is a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that patients are starting to pay more attention to their sleep health. The bad news is that commodification of sleep can potentially make the products we need for sleep more expensive (at least initially) which shuts out people from lower income brackets who might not need these products as a luxury item but as an actual necessity. It can also lead to people believing they need high-end sleep products that make no difference to their quality and quantity of sleep.
Takeaway: This is an interesting investigation into the evolution of a developing sleep health technology product.
New HETLIOZ Patent Listed in the FDA Orange Book
October 10, 2018
From the article: “The ‘977 patent was issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on September 11, 2018 and expires in February 2035.”
Takeaway: Short article, but pop quiz: What is Hetlioz (generic name, tasimelteon) used for?
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
AINsight: Special Issuance for Sleep Apnea
October 11, 2018
From the commentary: “In the first year or so after the sleep apnea screening discussions became mandatory, I had many pilots state that they felt somewhat blindsided. They had dutifully filled out the FAA 8500-8 questionnaire via the MedXpress online program, and nowhere on that form did it ask about sleep apnea. … Yet, at the time of exam, suddenly the AME is asking questions about a medical condition that the FAA didn’t require comments about from the pilot when filling out the exam form itself.”
Takeaway: Here are some interesting first-hand insights into sleep apnea screening among pilots and how the system does and doesn't work since regulations were made in 2015.
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.