This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 15, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
From the article: “When assessed starting ~9 h after lemborexant administration at bedtime the previous night, there was no statistically significant or clinically meaningful effect on driving performance in healthy adults and elderly, as assessed by either mean differences in SDLP relative to placebo or symmetry analysis.”
Takeaway: Patients who express dislike for their current insomnia medications may appreciate knowing this and other drugs to treat sleeplessness are in the pipeline, with potentially fewer side effects than the usual and customary Z drugs.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Shift worker health and safety: Experts say collaboration and innovation key to stemming risks
SAFETY + HEALTH
December 20, 2018
From the article: “[The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health] directs shift work employers to:
- Set at least 10 consecutive hours of protected off-duty time each day. This is intended to help workers sleep seven to eight hours each day.
- Provide brief breaks every one to two hours during demanding work, and allow for longer meal breaks.
- Acknowledge that five eight-hour shifts or four 10-hour shifts typically are tolerable. If 12-hour days are required, include more frequent breaks or trend toward “lighter” tasks, such as desk work.
- Educate employees on the nature of shift work and resources available.”