This Week in Sleep Medicine: September 10, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
UA Awarded $1.4M Grant for Program that Supports Sleep Apnea Patients
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HEALTH SCIENCES
August 23, 2019
From the press release: “The funding—from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute—will be used by Dr. Parthasarathy and his research team to implement the findings of a previous research project in which peers were trained to help patients starting treatment for sleep apnea. …The program will be made available to patients at Banner–University Medicine clinics in Tucson and later will be expanded to 11 centers in six states within the Banner Health system, in which more than 11,000 sleep studies are conducted and 9,000 patients are seen annually for sleep disorders.”
Takeaway: If there was ever an amazing opportunity for sleep apnea patient advocacy, this is it.
How to Cure One Kind of Insomnia Without Drugs
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL THERAPEUTICS
August 28, 2019
From the article: “DSPD (Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder) is a circadian rhythm disorder in which the internal body clock is synchronized abnormally late with respect to local clock time, making it virtually impossible to fall asleep at a conventional hour (say, between 10 p.m. and 12 midnight vs. 3-5 a.m.).”
Takeaway: A good review of the circadian rhythm problem that often masks itself as an insomnia problem.
SLEEP HYGIENE WATCH
Tell the California Assembly to support SB 328 Later School Start Times!
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE ACTION CENTER
September 8, 2019
From the advocacy page: “In the next few weeks, the California State Assembly will vote on SB 328, which would mandate later school start times for middle school and high school students in California. If it passes it will go to Governor Gavin Newsom's desk, where he will decide if it becomes law. …It is critical that Governor Newsom and members of the California State Assembly know that sleep medicine professionals support this critical issue. Please send a message and tell them to vote YES on SB 328!”
Takeaway: Includes a simple message composer utility with options for emailing or tweeting your support, and pre-written language you can adopt or alter to show your support for this important legislation.