This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 26, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
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Tell the FDA that People with Narcolepsy Need Access to CNS Stimulants
November 19, 2019
From the call for action: “The FDA is seeking public input on the development and evaluation of abuse-deterrent formulations of central nervous system stimulants (CNS). While the intent is to deter abuse, Narcolepsy Network is concerned that the accessibility of CNS stimulants may have a negative impact on people with narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, and possibly other rare diseases. The public comment period is an opportunity for you to share these concerns with the FDA before any decisions are made. …We have only seen responsible behavior in regard to stimulant use in our community, and these medications are vitally important to the quality of life for so many people with narcolepsy. We need your help to communicate these concerns to the FDA. …Please copy, paste, modify (indicated in brackets below), and submit the following comment at https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FDA-2019-N-3403-0001”
Takeaway: Here's a great way to truly advocate for a specific sleep-disordered population. Your voice and expertise as a sleep technologist and sleep health educator carry important weight.
[The brackets mentioned in the call to action are at the original link in the title of the post.]
The contribution of sleep to social inequalities in cardiovascular disorders: a multi-cohort study
November 22, 2019
From the research summary: “Sleep disturbances exhibit a strong social patterning, and inadequate sleep has been associated with adverse health outcomes, including cardiovascular disorders (CVD). However, the contribution of sleep to socioeconomic inequalities in CVD is unclear. This study pools data from eight European cohorts to investigate the role of sleep duration in the association between life-course socioeconomic status (SES) and CVD.”
Takeaway: It makes sense to look at this. People with inadequate sleep are sometimes dealing with insomnia, caused by chronic stress, caused by external socioeconomic (or other kinds of) pressure. It's not inaccurate to describe the problem as having a domino-like effect on a person's health.