This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 2, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
IMAGE: "Frog sleeping with Sky Lover" (admittedly not a professional photo,
but I loved capturing this unintended photobomber yesterday on my front
porch while trying to capture these new blue pimpernel blossoms—TKS)
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Raising funds for a pioneer of sleep medicine
FRIENDS OF DR. CHRISTIAN GUILLEMINAULT
June 24, 2019
From the fundraiser: “It is with deep sadness to learn that Dr. Guilleminault has metastatic prostate cancer. He became gravely ill while attending the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) 2019 annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. He was transferred by air ambulance from Texas to Stanford University Medical Center in California. He is back at home resting. …Those who are close to Dr. Guilleminault have been inquiring what can be done to help and honor the man who has given each and every one, and the medical world so much. This page has been created to allow those who would like pay tribute to an individual who has touched their lives. At Dr. Guilleminault’s request, funds raised will be forwarded to his charity of choice, the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA).”
Takeaway: A great cause inspired by a great doctor.
Deportation worries fuel anxiety, poor sleep, among US-born Latinx youth
UNIVERSARY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY
June 24, 2019
From the blog: “A new study tracked the mental and physical health of US-born teenage children of Mexican and Central American immigrants in California in the years before and after the 2016 election. Nearly half of the youth reported worrying at least sometimes about the impacts of US immigration policy on their families, and those with more worries also experienced higher anxiety and poorer sleep quality than their peers.”
Takeaway: Not surprised by this, but saddened by it, for sure.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Can The BIG Act Give School-Based Telehealth a National Platform?
July 1, 2019
From the article: “Introduced last week, the Behavioral Intervention Guidelines (BIG) Act (HR 3539) would, if passed, compel the Health and Human Services Department to work with other government agencies, including the Departments of Education, Justice and Homeland Security, 'to develop best practices for the proper use and implementation of behavioral intervention programs.'”
Takeaway: It might be useful to include measures of sleep health, given its close association with mental health, in these best practices. And who knows? Maybe growing awareness of mental health issues in our schools, partnered with awareness about sleep deprivation and early bell times, might help tip controversial Start School Later efforts into the win column for the national campaign.