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By: Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on August 6th, 2019

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: Aug 6, 2019

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ADVOCACY WATCH

An intersectional approach to examine sleep duration in sexual minority adults in the United States: findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
SLEEP HEALTH
July 31, 2019

From the abstract: “The sample consisted of 267,906 participants from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Takeaway: Our LGBTQ friends, neighbors, and loved ones aren't getting adequate sleep. Here's an untapped educational and advocacy opportunity for sleep technologists and CCSH credential holders. 

CULTURE WATCH

Estimation of the global prevalence and burden of obstructive sleep apnoea: a literature-based analysis
THE LANCET
July 29, 2019

From the research  summary: “There is a scarcity of published data on the global prevalence of obstructive sleep apnoea, a disorder associated with major neurocognitive and cardiovascular sequelae. We used publicly available data and contacted key opinion leaders to estimate the global prevalence of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Takeaway: Granted, this research was funded by ResMed, but to see a major medical journal like The Lancet shine this unfavorable spotlight on sleep apnea is really important because it puts sleep-breathing disorders top of mind to specialists and primary care/family doctors who may not be thinking about sleep apnea when they are serving patients with its associated comorbidities.

TREND WATCH

Everyone is talking about insomnia, so is it the new lactose intolerance?
THE TELEGRAPH
August 5, 2019

From the column: “On account of being 'so 2019' and 'woke', because, yes I am an insomniac, I have noticed a trend in the media of late. Everyone seems to be talking about insomnia, or at least, how to get a better night’s sleep.

Takeaway: Hey, whatever it takes, right?

INDUSTRY WATCH

A Sleep Test is One of the Few Tests You Can’t Fail
THRIVE GLOBAL
August 1, 2019

From the blog commentary: “Obviously, a bit of public hand holding is in order because it’s ridiculous, childish and dangerous for individuals who should have gotten over their fear of the dark long ago to be afraid of taking a sleep test. I hadn’t slept in 339 days, and the test saved my life. Come on, people. It’s one night. How many nights of sleep have you surrendered to insomnia?

Takeaway: Our field always benefits from support by patients who've been there, done that. 

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

RESONEA Obtains FDA Clearance for Smartphone-Based In-Home Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
PR NEWSWIRE
July 25, 2019

From the press release: “DROWZLE is a prescription, Class II medical device that consists of stand-alone smartphone-based software (operating on Apple iPhone 7, 8, or X model using iOS v10.0 or later) that records and analyzes respiratory patterns during sleep for the purpose of in-home screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  Results are used to assist healthcare professionals in determining the need for additional diagnosis and evaluation.  Upon commercialization, the FDA-cleared DROWZLE device will be distinctly branded to differentiate it from the current consumer-oriented DROWZLE Sleep Health platform. ” 

Takeaway: This could simplify the whole process and remove certain obstacles to home sleep apnea testing including the problem of returned testing equipment, user error, and the cost of maintaining an inventory of expensive HSATs for sleep clinics in need of a more affordable option.

PHARMA WATCH

Some medications, driving are dangerous duo
AMERICAN PHARMACIST ASSOCIATION
August 1, 2019

From the article: “Some common drugs that can affect one's ability to operate a vehicle include opioid analgesics, prescription anxiety drugs, antiepileptic drugs, antipsychotic drugs, some antidepressants, products containing codeine, sleeping medications, muscle relaxants, medicines for motion sickness and diarrhea, 'stay awake' drugs, and other medications with stimulants.

Takeaway: Some of these are obvious, but some seem counterintuitive, but here's the thing: 'stay awake' drugs do, in fact, wear off. This is good stuff to review with patients if they are struggling with daytime sleepiness and aren't an obvious candidate for sleep-breathing disorders but do have a long list of meds which might inspire fatigue during the day. 

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

Trust In Scientists Is Rising, Poll Finds
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
August 2, 2019

From the radio program: “Public trust of scientists is growing. It's on a par with our trust of the military and far above trust of clergy, politicians and journalists. …The survey by the Pew Research Center finds 86% of those surveyed say they have a fair amount or a great deal of faith that scientists act in our best interests. And that's been trending higher—it was 76% in 2016.

Takeaway: This is welcome news to any healthcare professional who has been disrespected for using factual data to help their patients overcome a health problem.

LEGAL WATCH

Sexsomnia Case: Dad Who Molested Young Teen Daughter Found Not Criminally Responsible
SLEEP REVIEW
July 29, 2019

From the curated content: “The man had evidence from a sleep study that showed he became sexually aroused while sleeping, and witnesses testified that his sexsomnia had not reoccurred since the man was put on CPAP for sleep apnea.

Takeaway: It's so complicated. A tragedy for everyone involved.


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.