This Week in Sleep Medicine: Aug 6, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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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.
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.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Sexsomnia Case: Dad Who Molested Young Teen Daughter Found Not Criminally Responsible
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.