This Week in Sleep Medicine: August 20, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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How a Drowsy Driving Community Health Initiative Made a Difference
August 15, 2019
From the article: “Faculty affiliated with Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM) with backgrounds in sleep diagnostics, respiratory care, social work, and public health recognized that drowsy driving was particularly problematic in the local area and throughout New York and that public awareness about the danger was limited. To address the issue of drowsy driving, the authors of this article partnered with the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) to develop an interactive and educational website, stopdrowsydriving.org, and launched a prevention of drowsy driving social media campaign.”
Takeaway: Inspired? At the end of the article are myriad other ways to take up this effort in your own communities to expand awareness of drowsy driving.
Insomnia in elderly patients—various ways to manage
JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SPORT
August 12, 2019
From the research study: “Effective management of sleep disorders improves the quality of life of patients struggling with this disorder and prevents the occurrence of depression and anxiety, which often coexist with insomnia.”
Takeaway: Just because patients are elderly doesn't mean their sleepiness and poor sleep problems are a natural part of aging. In fact, according to this and other research, sleep disorders aren't a natural outcome of aging, but the result of other conditions. Our job in the sleep lab is to help all patients reclaim their daytime energy and nighttime sleep, regardless of age.
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A Reader Sounds the Sleeplessness Alarm on a Public Safety Issue
THE SLEEP DOCTOR
August 13, 2019
From the blog: “Why isn’t recovery sleep enough to restore full functioning for sleep-deprived air traffic controllers? We’ve seen a growing body of research that demonstrates the limits of recovery sleep, including the weekend catch up sleep that a lot of people rely on.
The problem goes beyond sleep. It’s also about bio time. …For air traffic control workers on rotating day-night shifts, it’s nearly impossible to maintain an in-sync bio clock and healthy biorhythms. Disruptions to circadian rhythms do more than impede and impair sleep. Problems with bio time have a ripple effect that interferes with almost every aspect of the body’s functioning, both physiological and cognitive”
Takeaway: This is one of Dr. Breus's better columns of late, and it's also refreshing to know that readers are actively trying to understand the links between poor sleep and public safety.