This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 30, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
"Young cormorant sleeping on a fence," ©2015, Graham Robson, (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Your media watchdog for headlines and trends
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Be One Reason Depression Treatment Doesn’t Work
July 23, 2019
From the article: “The primary intent of the original study was looking at whether treating patients’ insomnia in addition to their depression reduced suicidal thoughts. ”
Takeaway: For sleep technologists interested in working in the community to support mental health advocacy and awareness, this article provides some interesting perspectives and identifies how complex the relationship is between poor sleep, mental illness, and mood disorders.
Tips to Help Children on the Autism Spectrum Get to Sleep
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL THERAPEUTICS
July 23, 2019
From the article: “Children on the spectrum tend to have difficulty handling transitions, and the transition from waking activities to sleep is a big one.”
Takeaway: There are quite a few good tips in this article, some which may be possible to employ in a sleep lab environment, and some probably impossible. Whatever the case, as sleep technologists, it's on us to try everything we can to help that child to complete a quality sleep study.
SLEEP HYGIENE WATCH
Drowsy Driving Considerations in Non-Commercial Drivers for the Sleep Physician
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SLEEP MEDICINE
July 12, 2019
From the article: “This perspective will focus on legal issues related to assessing drowsy driving in non-commercial drivers for the sleep physician as it represents the most common clinical scenario for the sleep physician.”
Takeaway: It's a problem that will just not go away. Meanwhile, as sleep technologists, we can use our interactions with patients to raise awareness about this very real concern.