This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 12, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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What Comes Before Woke? On the History of Sleep as a Form of Protest
November 6, 2019
From the essay: “In popular movements for peace and justice, sleep has signified both a death-dealing ignorance and the utopian promise of a regenerated society. To be asleep is to be apathetic—insensible to the cruelties we inflict or ignore—while in dreams we enjoy a faint awareness of new realities. The language of sleep, charged and motivating, draws its power from the fundamental truth that we need sleep in order not only to flourish but also to survive.”
Takeaway: A fascinating read exploring the use of concepts surrounding sleep and dreams to provide metaphors for mindful, socially conscious living.
The Spectral Fingerprint of Sleep Problems in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
November 8, 2019
From the research summary: “This is the first study to show pronounced changes in EEG spectral topologies during both NREM and REM sleep in PTSD. Importantly, the observed power changes reflect the hallmarks of PTSD sleep problems: insomnia and nightmares and may thus be specific for PTSD. A spectral index derived from these data distinguishes patients from controls with high effect size, bearing promise as a candidate biomarker.”
Takeaway: We owe our veterans better pathways for treating PTSD; this kind of research can help advance those goals.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Doctors call for end to daylight saving time transitions
MEDICAL NEWS TODAY
November 6, 2019
From the article: “[Dr. Beth A. Malow, a professor of neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center] and her colleagues observe that despite the weight of evidence and conviction about the biological effects of DST, its elimination faces political and legal challenges.”
Takeaway: Medical professionals of late have been told to "stay in their lane" when it comes to public health and safety policy. This research shows a distinct connection to negative health outcomes as the result of what some will say is outdated public policy.