This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 18, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
Your media watchdog for headlines and trends
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
AASM Award Acceptance Remarks by Senator Portantino
June 13, 2019
From the video: “Senator Anthony Portantino received the AASM's Mark O. Hatfield Public Policy or Advocacy Award for developing public policy that positively affects the healthy sleep of all Americans at SLEEP 2019 in San Antonio.”
Takeaway: Start School Later efforts by this California senator are getting a much-needed spotlight. What happens in CA could have a national impact.
Restless Legs Syndrome Tied to Gut Health
June 13, 2019
From the article: “Preliminary research suggests an association between small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and restless legs syndrome (RLS), supporting emerging research linking gut microbial health to sleep health. …While the study is ongoing and recruitment just beginning, the researchers found SIBO in all 7 RLS patients studied to date.
'We found very high rates of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in these RLS patients,' lead investigator Daniel J. Blum, PhD, adjunct clinical instructor at Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine in Redwood City, California, told Medscape Medical News. Exploring this relationship further could lead to new ways to detect, prevent, and treat RLS, he said.”
Takeaway: It can be easy to underestimate the impact of RLS on patients if we're mostly working to diagnose and treat sleep breathing disorders. However, RLS is a major cause for sleep dysfunction and people who experience it deserve answers about what causes it as well as more effective and clear-cut treatment solutions.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Time to Show Leadership on the Daylight Saving Time Debate
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SLEEP MEDICINE
June 15, 2019
From the editorial: Dr. Nathaniel F. Watson: “As sleep health care providers, we …are entirely focused on the sleep and circadian health of our patients and the public at large. The time is now for us to act consistent with our beliefs. State and federal DST [daylight saving time] policies are being crafted to the detriment of the sleep health principles we hold dear. Almost 70% of the world is on ST [standard time], including Hawaii and most of the state of Arizona, indicating the international community understands the negative effect of DST on their health and well-being and rejects it. I strongly believe the United States should do the same.”
Takeaway: If you agree with Dr. Watson, you may wish to add your voice to this effort.