This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 10, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Call for action as exhausted doctors risk death on road
December 1, 2019
From the article: “A recent survey of 3,847 consultants in anaesthesia and paediatric intensive care medicine found work-related fatigue impacting on all areas of life. …More than one in 10 respondents admitted to having had a car accident or near miss while fatigued in their consultant career, and many more as a junior doctor. ”
Takeaway: Getting adequate sleep is such a blindspot for physicians and healthcare professionals. The threat of drowsy driving accidents alone should be enough reason for teaching medical students more than an hour of sleep medicine while they're in school. The vagaries of sleep deprivation during on-the-job training in the emergency department or due to shift work while in school full time are not something anyone can simply "power through."
Update on the Treatment of Idiopathic Hypersomnia
CURRENT SLEEP MEDICINE REPORTS
November 25, 2019
From the research study: “Published research on IH is scarce and, in the published studies, sample sizes are mostly small, due to a low prevalence. This leads to combination trials in both narcolepsy and IH and to the absence of drugs to treat IH that are approved by the European Medicine Agency (EMA). Almost all studies are open label studies, and as already mentioned, the interpretation is difficult because of the changing definitions of the disorder over time. This leads to large heterogeneity in the published case series and clinical trials. In addition, inclusion and exclusion criteria vary, focusing mostly on individuals with either treatment-naïve or treatment refractory IH. ”
Takeaway: People with IH desperately want to be taken seriously; their hypersomnia challenges may or may not be adequately addressed through treatments originally designed for those with narcolepsy.