This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 21, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Under fed court ruling, Thousand Oaks to allow homeless people to sleep on public property
VENTURA COUNTY STAR
May 20, 2019
From the article: “The ruling came in a case in which a group of homeless Boise, Idaho residents sued that city after being cited for camping on public property or sleeping in public buildings or places, in violation of the city's ordinance. …The court ruled that the Boise ordinance was a violation of the Eighth Amendment, which protects against cruel and unusual punishment. …
'The fundamental, biological need for sleep was a driving consideration in the 9th Circuit's decision,' a staff report from Noonan to the Thousand Oaks City Council states.”
Takeaway: The Boise ruling is going to be influential over many cities' regulations regarding sleeping spaces for homeless people. Stay tuned.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
From the article: “While it’s very rare, there have been several recorded instances of somnambulant slaying throughout history, where a sleeping person commits murder while completely unconscious and unaware of their actions (or, say the skeptics, just plain old murder someone and come up with this unlikely defense).”
Takeaway: I confess a fascination with parasomnias that involve criminal behavior. We still know so little about such a complicated aspect of disrupted sleep.