This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 5, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
Walking more during the day can lead to better quality sleep, study suggests
November 1, 2019
From the article: “The study’s results are encouraging, say its authors, for they suggest that we don’t have to engage in a structured, high-intensity exercise program to improve our sleep. Simply taking more steps during the day—perhaps adding a 20-minute stroll to a lunch break at work or walking the dog for an extra block or two at night—may be enough to help us sleep more soundly.”
Takeaway: Great advice especially as we head into the darker shorter days and longer nights, as this simple walk can help prevent SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Be sure to bring it up with patients who are still struggling with the time change this week.
From the research summary: “Multiple aspects of sleep difficulties show an undesirable trajectory in the U.S. adult population. Moreover, these trends appear to be independent of sleep duration and are primarily occurring in healthy sleepers. Future research should simultaneously consider how multiple aspects of sleep are changing and further examine the sources of these changes.”
Takeaway: I do wonder about sociopolitical influences and whether they were part of the data collection for this study. Just based on personal, if unscientific, observation, people I know who never had problems with sleeping before have become insomniacs due to stress over national politics.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
‘Shadow Flicker’ And Lost Sleep: Are Kahuku Wind Turbines Too Close To Homes?
HONOLULU CIVIL BEAT
October 31, 2019
From the article: “[Neva] Fotu bought her Kahuku home in 2013, about two years after about a dozen turbines began operating there. Soon after, Fotu said she started experiencing earaches, dizziness, fainting, migraines and trouble sleeping. When the turbines are off, she sleeps better, she said. 'Nobody wants to live next to them,' said Fotu, one of more than 100 people who have been arrested while protesting the turbines.”
Takeaway: The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again.