This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 23, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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I’m A CPAP Dropout: Why Many Lose Sleep Over Apnea Treatment
KAISER HEALTH NEWS
July 17, 2019
From the feature: “Nate Wymer, 44, said his machine is lying around his home somewhere in Holly Springs, N.C., but he hasn’t seen it in years. …'When I had the mask on I had to think about breathing out of my nose,' said Wymer. 'That’s not something I normally do. After a couple of nights, I just couldn’t do it. …My doctor never really followed up from what I can remember, so I back-burnered it,' said Wymer. 'But, if you get in front of somebody, actually talk to them and make sure everything is going OK, that would have been nice.'”
Takeaway: That would have been nice? How are sleep labs missing the crucial aspect of follow-up with patients? Not enough staff? Untrained DME? Lack of protocols in place? Do you know what happens to your patients after they leave your lab with a PAP prescription? This is an area in our field where we have an excellent opportunity to succeed and improve compliance, and yet these stories continue to pop up everywhere.
Government to issue 'sleep hygiene' guidance
July 13, 2019
From the article: “A leaked draft of a public health green paper, due to be published by the health secretary, Matt Hancock, says the government will review the evidence on sleep and health. It suggests the minimum amount will vary depending on how old someone is, and the paper will give advice on “sleep hygiene”, according to the Times, which obtained the document.
It was reported the guidance was likely to state regularly getting less than seven hours’ sleep a night could damage most people’s health.”
Takeaway: This took place in England, where the impact of sleeplessness is acutely felt by 1 in 3 citizens, many of them teenagers under the age of 16 and people in homeless communities.
SLEEP HYGIENE WATCH
Safety advocates fear more truck crashes if rules for driver rest are eased
ROCKLAND/WESTCHESTER JOURNAL NEWS
July 17, 2019
From the article: “The 1994 crash on Interstate 287 that killed the driver of a propane tanker and ignited a fireball in a White Plains neighborhood lent new urgency to efforts to keep drowsy drivers off the roads. …But 25 years later, sleep-deprived truck drivers continue killing themselves and others, and safety advocates fear a push by the trucking industry to ease regulations written to keep tired drivers off the road could only make things worse.”
Takeaway: Just a few days later, the US Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division opined that the time drivers spend in sleeper berths while on the road "isn't working time requiring compensation." This is going to raise some hackles in the weeks to come.