This Week in Sleep Medicine: October 8, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Effect of Light Flashes vs Sham Therapy During Sleep With Adjunct Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Sleep Quality Among Adolescents
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
September 25, 2019
From the research study: “Nearly half of US teenagers report regular insufficient sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness, particularly on school days. In one sample of 100 middle-school and high-school students, 80% slept fewer than 8 hours on school nights, with 44% of the students reporting difficulty staying awake during school and 85% reporting using caffeine to combat daytime fatigue.”
Takeaway: The Starbucks by my house is most populated by teens right before "zero period," during lunch breaks, and immediately after school… for a reason.
Incoming Sleep Health Journal Editor Reflects on a Life in Sleep Science
September 25, 2019
From the column: “[Orfeu Buxton, PhD] has been selected as the upcoming editor-in-chief for Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. …Current editor-in-chief Lauren Hale, PhD, will continue to serve the journal until July 2020, when Buxton will take over. …'I’m particularly excited about interdisciplinary researchers who are discovering sleep health or who are including sleep health in their research. Sleep is an amazingly interdisciplinary and collaborative field. We are the glue in many large, complex projects that take an integrative approach to health,' says Buxton. ”
Takeaway: Sleep is, indeed, the glue that holds our health together. Let's hope Buxton can get more medical specialists on board with awareness about how sleep health impacts all health, especially in the arena of chronic illness.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
California day care worker gave children Melatonin to 'help them sleep': Officials
September 24, 2019
From the report: “An in-home day care facility in California was issued a citation after authorities learned one of the workers administered Melatonin to the children 'to help them sleep,' officials said. …The Brenda Saucedo Family Child Care, located in Bonita, was issued a type A citation, Adam Weintraub, spokesman for the California Department of Social Services, told ABC News on Tuesday. …That citation is considered the 'most serious' because it involves an immediate threat to the health, safety, or personal rights of children in care, Weintraub said. ”
Takeaway: This news story drives home the need to test the safety of melatonin for children, which hasn't really been done. It falls under the rules of nutritional supplements, which don't require extensive testing to prove their efficacy, and is considered GRAS (generally recognized as safe), though there's disagreement about its use among children.