This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 29, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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AWAKETOGETHER Summit 2019
AMERICAN SLEEP APNEA ASSOCIATION
October 14, 2019
From the blog: “Gatherings like this provide an opportunity to share results of previously gathered information important to improving our health while collecting new ideas and information, while setting needs assessments for moving forward. If only we could all afford to do this more often. Subscribing to the ASAA’s YouTube collection is a great way to keep in the loop on the latest initiatives by the organization and the public they serve.”
Takeaway: This is a rare patient-forward event from a family-rooted sleep apnea advocacy organization.
From the research summary: “Results indicate statistically and practically significant associations between social media use and sleep patterns, particularly late sleep onset. Sleep education and interventions can focus on supporting young people to balance online interactions with an appropriate sleep schedule that allows sufficient sleep on school nights.”
Takeaway: The challenge here is figuring out how to motivate these teens and who should take on that task. Parents? Educators? Peer outreach groups? It's hard to say who will be able to promote this message with any effectiveness. Social media use is as much a poor sleep hygiene practice for parents as it is for their kids. Also, teens are crafty about workarounds to household social media and screen rules.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
From the article: “Eighteen-month non-OSA-program medical claim costs savings from diagnosing (and treating as required) 100 Screen-positive Controls: $153,042 (95% CI: -$5,352, $330,525). Model-estimated effect of treatment on those adhering to APAP: -$441 per-member per-month (95% CI: -$861, -$21).”
Takeaway: For these kinds of savings, it's a no brainer: mandatory OSA screenings are good for the trucking business bottom line.