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By: Tamara Sellman on September 25th, 2018

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: September 25, 2018

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Race, Sex, Age, and Regional Differences in the Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea With Atrial Fibrillation: Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke Study
September 17, 2018 

From the research study: “The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, a large, biracial, and national cohort, provides a unique opportunity to study this association and offers the advantage of examining race-specific associations. Therefore, we examined the cross-sectional association between OSA risk and AF in the REGARDS study, and evaluated whether differences exist by race, age, or sex. Given the REGARDS cohorts' unique geographical distribution, we also explored whether geographical regional disparities altered this association. It is well known that geographical disparities in cardiovascular disease exist, but no data exist on the OSA and AF interplay.

Takeaway: You might also want to read this commentary accompanying the study: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Atrial Fibrillation: Honing in on Race-Specific Susceptibilities." Advocacy for more accessible and better quality of healthcare for people of color is an important pursuit, especially as it pertains to sleep quality and therapies to treat sleep problems.


Here’s The Latest On How To Tackle Fibromyalgia Sleep Problems
THE SLEEP DOCTOR/Dr. Michael J. Breus
September 18, 2018 

From the column: “Two recently published studies show that a couple of sleep therapies I’m particularly interested in—mindfulness meditation and Vitamin D—may have particular effectiveness in helping people with fibromyalgia improve their sleep, as well as reducing the severity of other fibromyalgia symptoms.

Takeaway: This post offers some good background information on fibromyalgia. 


WATCH NOW: Project Sleep’s FB Live Narcolepsy Video with Dr. Emmanuel Mignot and Watson
September 18, 2018

From Julie Flygare of PROJECT SLEEP: “Last week, I was thrilled to spend the afternoon with Dr. Emmanuel Mignot and Watson (Dr. Mignot’s chihuahua living with narcolepsy with cataplexy). Together, we recorded Project Sleep’s first Facebook Live video at Stanford Medical School. …In this 'Ask Us Anything' FB Live video, we fielded a wide variety of questions from the future of narcolepsy research to how other dogs respond when Watson has cataplexy.

Takeaway: Great video if you need to brush up on what you know about narcolepsy and cataplexy.


Why consumers need to wake up to the fact that sleeponomics lacks research
September 19, 2018

From the article: “Our technologically-fuelled lives are exhausting us, but they are also driving the market of sleep. Jessica Brown investigates whether the commodification of sleep is just a fad, or if the booming industry really can help us get some shut-eye.”

Takeaway: These cautionary reports are good for helping consumers and patients think more about sleep, but what will happen if so-called "sleeponomics" loses its luster? Will consumers and patients also push back on the notion that sleep matters? That could be an undesirable consequence we face in the lab.


dayzz, An Evidence-Based, Personalized Sleep Training App for Employers, Interview with CEO Amir Inditzky
September 18, 2018

From the website: “Medgadget has previously covered sleep management solutions seeking to help individuals achieve better sleep. An upcoming player in the market is startup dayzz, a subsidiary of Maarbarot Products, an Israeli developer, manufacturer, and marketer of advanced nutrition and health products. Since July 2017, dayzz has been developing an evidence-based, personalized sleep training app for enterprise workforces to improve sleep quality while reducing healthcare and employer costs. According to dayzz Chief Science Officer Dr. Mairav Cohen-Zion, 'Effectively treating sleep conditions necessitates a thorough understanding and attention to individual elements. Dayzz achieves just that by offering a one stop source of known high-quality, effective sleep solutions integrated into an individualized tailored sleep management program.'”

Takeaway: Whether this new product will be useful remains to be seen, but this is an interesting look into the mind of a consumer sleep technology developer, showing some insights into what drives this field.


Database Links Circadian Rhythms to Drug Metabolism in Human Tissues
September 19, 2018

From the article: “Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers say their results could have significant implications for a growing field of study called circadian medicine—timing the administration of drugs or other therapies to coincide with the body’s internal clock.” 

Takeaway: It will be interesting to see how this new field develops, and whether it will remain the darling of sleep research.


New guideline recommends weight loss strategies for sleep apnea patients
September 17, 2018

From the press release:  “Patients [are]often unaware that they are overweight or obese.” 

Takeaway: Granted, the days are gone when anorexic body styles were de rigueur, but the continuous swing toward overweight and obesity does mean people may truly not understand what BMI is or what the recommendations are for a healthy body mass index. Given the bidirectional relationship between sleep apnea and high BMI, it makes sense that patients, both obviously overweight and at the edge of becoming overweight, better understand how weight gain and loss factors into their therapy for sleep apnea. 


Rejecting one-size-fits-all approach, California governor vetoes later school start time bill
September 20, 2018

From the article: “Jerry Brown has quashed an effort to mandate later school start times in most middle and high schools by vetoing a bill that would have banned starts before 8:30 a.m.

Takeaway: It's going to take time to see an entire state mandate later bell times, but the bill's author, Sen. Anthony Portantino, D–La Cañada Flintridge, isn't giving up yet. If you're interested in supporting this bill in the future, contact him directly at https://sd25.senate.ca.gov/contact. Sleep technologists and clinical sleep health educators can be instrumental in moving this bill forward in the future. 

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.