This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 22, 2019
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3 Amazing Benefits of GABA: What you should know about a popular supplement for sleep, stress and anxiety
January 3, 2019
From the column: “GABA is one of the supplements I get asked about a lot by patients, often with looks of confusion on their faces. I think the confusion comes from the fact that GABA is both a chemical produced within the body AND a supplement that’s made for ingestion. Unlike melatonin, which is also produced within the body and as a supplement, GABA isn’t nearly as well known—nor has it received nearly the amount of scientific attention as melatonin supplement. Given the interest and popularity of GABA—and the importance of the body’s own GABA to sleep, mood, and health—it’s definitely worth spending some time talking about.”
Takeaway: This is a good overview of a supplement, in case you also have patients asking about it.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Driver who blamed his narcolepsy in crash into off-duty cop gets 1 year in jail
December 20, 2018
From the article: “A driver who told authorities his narcolepsy caused him to fall asleep at the wheel in 2017 and plow into an off-duty Tigard police officer waiting in his car for roadside assistance was sentenced Friday to one year and two months in jail.”