This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 29, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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What to know about marijuana withdrawal
MEDICAL NEWS TODAY
January 28, 2019
From the article: “People can become dependent on, or even addicted to, marijuana. They may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug. …A person might experience poor sleep, mood swings, or stomach problems. …Resources are available to those who are interested in quitting marijuana.”
Takeaway: As a sleep tech living in a marijuana legal state (both recreational and medical), the rise in its use (for some, to treat insomnia, ironically) has led to potential sleep problems when people decide to cut back or stop using completely. It's probably a good idea to add "marijuana use" to your list of patient encounter questions at every meeting with them, for this reason.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Sleep-Related Violence In Forensic Cases: Overview & Expert Interview
January 22, 2019
From the article: “As the field of sleep medicine has grown there has been an increase in referrals to experts specializing in sleep disorders, particularly those associated with the potential for sleep-related violence. A paper published in Chest examined the various types of these disorders and described the number and kinds of related cases referred to a sleep medicine center.”