This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 5, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Baclofen Improves Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Narcolepsy
January 25, 2019
From the article: “Baclofen is a centrally acting GABA-beta agonist that is frequently used in pediatric patients for the treatment of dystonia, rigidity, and spasticity, which are associated with a variety of disorders, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and poststroke symptomatology. Evidence suggests that baclofen may offer sleep benefits by reducing sleep latency and increasing slow-wave sleep. The use of baclofen has also been shown to increase total sleep time — both rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM sleep duration — and has been associated with a significant reduction in the time spent awake after sleep onset.”
Takeaway: Only 5 patients were observed in this study, so let's see what happens if they open up this research to larger populations. Baclofen is typically used as a muscle relaxant, which makes this study featuring people with narcolepsy a little curious, given that muscle atonia is a part of the narcolepsy tetrad (by way of cataplexy).
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Homeless Students May Be Allowed To Sleep In Cars Overnight At California Community Colleges
January 30, 2019
From the article: “[Assemblymember Marc Berman (D- Palo Alto)] said, 'Over the last two years, I’ve heard from too many students that they don’t have stable housing and often end up sleeping in their cars. Unfortunately, this is all too common throughout California, with one in four community college students experiencing housing insecurities or homelessness. The long term solution is to build more housing, but while we work to make that a reality, AB 302 is a step that we can take now to ensure that homeless students have a safe place to sleep at night.'”