This Week in Sleep Medicine: Aug 13, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Celebrating 20 Years of Hypocretin/Orexin: Narcolepsy’s Big Breakthrough
August 6, 2019
From the blog post: “Twenty years ago today, a dog named Kahlua was on the cover of the journal Cell. Kahlua was a Doberman pinscher with canine narcolepsy and an important piece of history.”
Takeaway: Many thanks to tireless activists like Julie Flygare and equally tireless researchers like Dr. Mignot for their dedication to sleep medicine challenges like central disorders of hypersomnia. We have a lot more to do, but the momentum from these efforts makes it possible.
1 in 300 thrives on very-early-to-bed, very-early-to-rise routine
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SAN FRANCISCO via SCIENCE DAILY
August 6, 2019
From the research summary: “A quirk of the body clock that lures some people to sleep at 8 p.m., enabling them to greet the new day as early as 4 a.m., may be significantly more common than previously believed. ”
Takeaway: Delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD) is much more frequently discussed in sleep medicine circles as a problem for night owls and young people. Up until now, it's safe to say most people encountering the opposite in extreme circadian rhythm phasing (advanced sleep phase disorder, or ASPD) were characterized as rare. This sheds a whole new light on that notion.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
New Jersey Pilot Program to Study Later High School Start Times Signed into Law
August 12, 2019
From the website: “As New Jersey high schools continue to rank top in the nation, legislators are hoping to encourage even better academic outcomes with more emphasis on student health. Given the connection between more sleep and improved academic performance, Governor Murphy signed a law on Friday to assess how pushing back high school start times to 8:30 a.m. could be beneficial. …The law (A-4865) establishes a four-year pilot program to study the issues, benefits and options for implementing later start times across New Jersey high schools. To participate, school districts will need to submit an application to the Commissioner of Education. Five schools will then be selected so as to represent the northern, central and southern regions of the state as well as a combination of urban, suburban and rural areas.”
Takeaway: It's quite a process, but California's statewide efforts could lend positive momentum to New Jersey's own efforts.