This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 15, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Rare sleep disorder common among veterans with PTSD
OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY via SCIENCE DAILY
October 11, 2019
From the research summary: “Military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or concussion suffer from a thrashing form of sleep behavior at a rate that is far higher than the general population, according to a new study. Researchers next want to probe whether the sleep disorder might provide an early signal of the development of neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease.”
Takeaway: Right here is one terribly unfortunate reason why we will all continue to have jobs in the future. The good news is that we can help these military service workers to prevent further neurodegeneration down the line by advocating for them in the clinic and out in the community.
Demons in the Sleep Center: Narcolepsy Mimicking Other Sleep Disorders
October 10, 2019
From the research summary: “Due to the variability in its symptoms and similarity to other sleep disorders, narcolepsy can be misdiagnosed. Currently, the disorder affects nearly 1 in 2000 people in the United States and 3 million people worldwide, but it is estimated that narcolepsy is properly diagnosed in only 25% of the individuals who have it. Symptoms typically begin to appear during childhood and adolescence, but people can live with narcolepsy for years before receiving a definitive diagnosis. ...This report describes an interesting case in which a patient presented with symptoms mimicking those of other sleep disorders but in whom narcolepsy was ultimately diagnosed and confirmed with the results of an MSLT study.”
Takeaway: I can vouch for this first hand (though my diagnosis was not narcolepsy)! All of you who do daytime nap tests, thank you for your service!
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
California dreamin’: Why the state is the first to mandate later start times for middle and high schools
October 14, 2019
From the article: “California just became the first state to require most middle and high schools to start later in the morning, bringing them in line with research showing that teenagers benefit academically and in other ways. …Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation Sunday that would, over three years, phase in a change in start times so middle schools could not begin earlier than 8 a.m. and high schools no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Some rural schools are exempt. ”
Takeaway: Congratulations to the state of California and the Start School Later campaign and many thanks to all the AAST members who contributed in some way to this major milestone!