This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 11, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Amy Poehler Needs You To Use Your CPAP For Better Sleep
THE SLEEP ZONE
June 5, 2019
From the blog: Amy Poehler: “Yeah, I don’t know about your listeners, but anybody who’s out there who has a snoring problem or sleep apnea, I’m telling you … I would love to get you into a CPAP today, is what I’m trying to say. It has completely changed my life. Truly, I’ve always been a terrible sleeper. I performed most of my career incredibly sleep-deprived. …[I]t’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my health. So yeah, much like my friend Bradley Cooper, who used his real dog in A Star Is Born, I used my real CPAP machine in this movie.”
Takeaway: We need more of this in our popular culture to cut through the frequently negative conversations about using CPAP.
Disturbed sleep linked to mental health problems in natural disaster survivors
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE via SCIENCE DAILY
June 7, 2019
From the study summary: “The researchers surveyed survivors two years after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Results show that 94% reported experiencing subsequent insomnia symptoms after the disaster. Two years later, 42% showed clinically significant levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and nearly 22% had symptoms of depression. There were significant positive correlations between sleep disturbances and peritraumatic distress (i.e., emotional reaction during and immediately after the event), PTSD, and symptoms of depression. Resilience did not appear to be a buffer against sleep disturbance.”
Takeaway: That last line is particularly eye-opening, as people who work in first-responder roles pride themselves on being able to power through the traumatic hazards of their work. The data seem to suggest otherwise.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
After drowsy driving tragedy a year ago, all-night Bainbridge grad tradition will go on
June 7, 2019
From the article: “The district didn’t say if any alternatives were considered for this year’s event. It noted that McCann’s crash occurred three hours after he had left the event and said that, as in years past, the committee requires students to be picked up by a parent or other responsible adult at the conclusion of the event.”
Takeaway: This accident happened less than a mile from my house. It's having a huge impact on the local community. It's also provided a sobering opportunity to raise awareness about driver fatigue.