This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 25, 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.
From the blog: “1 in 10 patients with rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease had suicidal thoughts related to pain, says data presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019).”
Takeaway: Keep this in mind when you read your patients' charts and they have an RA diagnosis and a long list of pain meds. Some people aren't drug seekers, they just want to get rid of something known as "suicide pain."
One way to increase voter turnout? More sleep.
June 20, 2019
From the blog: “For this study, the team of John Holbein (Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT), Jerome Schafer (Department of Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich), and David Dickinson (Department of Economics, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC) wanted to know if sleep reduces civic engagement. Using three methods of testing, they found the answer to be affirmative.”
Takeaway: Totally makes sense to me. But will US voters prioritize sleep?
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
ELDs* Mandatory in Canada Starting in June 2021
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY
June 18, 2019
From the article: “'These new mandatory logging devices in commercial vehicles will improve safety for drivers and for all Canadians,' said Marc Garneau, Canada's minister of Transport. 'We know that fatigue increases the risks of accidents, and that is why we are taking action across all modes of transportation.'”
* “Electronic logging devices are tamper-resistant devices that are integrated into commercial vehicle engines. They are intended to ensure that commercial drivers drive within their daily limit, complying with Canada's Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations, and accurately log their working hours by tracking when and how long drivers have been at the wheel. According to Transport Canada, the devices also reduce administrative burdens, such as eliminating the need for paper daily logs and reducing the time enforcement officers need to verify regulatory compliance.”
Takeaway: And yet there are always some who think this is government overreach, no matter what country you're from.